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Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:33 am
Edited on: January 21, 2011 12:17 pm
DamonThe Rays are nearing an agreement with Johnny Damon, confirms Danny Knobler of

While there is "some work to be done," it appears as if Damon will eventually sign a deal with Tampa Bay. He should help replace the leadership void left in the clubhouse and should act as the primary DH although the two-time World Series champion will also likely see some action out of left field.

Damon hit .271/.355/.401 for the Tigers in 2010 over 613 at-bats. While his home runs plummeted to eight from 24, he showed he still had enough in the tank to help a club, adding 36 doubles.

Another DH is also nearing a deal with Manny Ramirez set to find a new team by the beginning of next week, reports ESPN. The Angels, Rangers and Rays have been the most aggressive for Ramirez's services and the losing teams could turn to Vladimir Guerrero.

A source told ESPN that Ramirez is not concerned about money, but rather wants to get playing time and prove that last season's .298/.408/.460 line in 320 plate appearances is an aberration and he can do better.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 3:00 pm

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

If he is a full time DH and committed, Manny will have a huge year.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 2:58 pm

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

Well, being a Yankees fan, and not being a baseball manager if you can get either Vlad or Ramirez I don't for the life of me know why Rameriz is even in there.  Vlad can put up better numbers, DH and actually play the field without hurting the team, and won't be a distraction, jerk, or bore in the club house.  Where is the decision here?  All Rameriz wants to do is get paid, he even said so when he left the Sucks, how did he put it, "I'd play for Iraq if the money was right".  Damon is simple, hewants the 3000 hits cause he thinks with that and the titles he'll get a free pass to the Hall, maybe not so fast.  He is a decent player and longivity might get him the 3000 but he is definitley not HOF material.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 1:27 pm

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

Johnny Damon is a winner, not much else to say.  He adds leadership and vaule to any team that signs him.  Wish he was still a Yankee, but since I live in Florida I'll head over to a few Rays games to watch him play and hopefully he can reach 3,000 hits.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 12:04 pm

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

Good for Damon, he seems like a decent (if mentally challenged) guy that deserves at least another year in the game. He plays hard, he plays hurt. Let's see what he has left. He's probably three seasons away from 3000 hits . Hopefully he can play well enough to get the at bats needed...And he will certainly help in the veteran leadership dept. I actually think the Rays will still be pretty good this year. Despite loosing Crawford, Garza and Pena.

I would expect a slight power spike from him getting out of cavernous Comerica park. Is it still called Comerica?

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:06 am

Rays close to adding Damon, Ramirez team nearing

As big a jerk as Manny was heading out the door, if these two sign there I'll probably root for them behind my Sox.  Wouldn't have had those World Series without him, or the first without Johnny.  They'd probably be better off with Vladdy over Manny though, but who knows.

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