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Damon could help Rays -- as a DH only

Posted on: January 21, 2011 12:36 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 9:33 pm
 
Johnny Damon can help the Rays, as a top of the order hitter and as a clubhouse presence.

But how are they going to fit Damon and Manny Ramirez in the same lineup?

They can't be planning to play Damon in the outfield.

Uh, apparently they are.

The Rays agreed to terms with both Damon and Ramirez on Friday. They certainly won't put it this way, but they signed two designated hitters on the same day!

Damon's outfield skills have declined to the point that the Tigers barely allowed him to play there after the first week of June last year, and not at all for the final six weeks of the season. Damon never had a strong arm, but he's now barely adequate in the outfield.

Ramirez obviously isn't an outfielder at this point in his career, either. And the word is that the Rays intend to try Damon in the outfield, at least until they're willing to put young Desmond Jennings out there.

Tiger players loved having Damon on their team, and he no doubt contributed to their first-half success. Damon has been a winner throughout his career, playing on seven playoff teams, including two that won World Series.

But at age 37, Damon's on-field value is nowhere close to what it once was, because he is basically a DH with limited power (8 home runs in 539 at-bats last year).

Ramirez could have more power, even at age 38, even though he hit only 9 home runs in 265 at-bats last year. The bigger question with him is whether the Rays can keep him focused.

Maybe Damon can help. As hard as that is, he has a better chance of success there than he does in left field.
Category: MLB
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Damon could help Rays -- as a DH only




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Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Damon could help Rays -- as a DH only

Tard. I can't say anything else.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2011 10:02 am
 

Damon could help Rays -- as a DH only

The Rays are also  looking to Sign Bill Lee  and Graig Nettles,   also to spice up the  games     haha



For who? Their "fans" don't care. They didn't support a great team in 2010, why would getting anyone bring them in?



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2011 10:00 am
 

Damon could help Rays -- as a DH only

Imo, the Damon move was fine if he just is used to DH. Johnny is a winner and a great presence to help BJ Upton who has a wealth of talent, but no work ethic. He's a slacker, unlike his brother. Johnny cannot throw. Playing the OF would be a disaster. However, the Ramirez signing is laughable. He's the anti-thesis of Damon. He's a cancer and now that the PED's have worn off and age is creeping in, he's nothing. He'll underproduce, jog after balls, whine, then hit the DL for 2 or 3 times. Signing one(Damon) made sense, signing both didn't.

Where's the relievers? This team lost: Wheeler, Choate, Benoit, Balfour and Soriano, yet all they really got where Peralta(meh) and Farnsworthless( a horrid move). Unless their starters go 7 and 8 innings and have big leads they're in trouble.

The Rays have gone from a legitimate WS contender to an afterthought and aren't even a legitimate WC contender. This team needs a new stadium and/or their fans to actually show up and support them.



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