Tag:Johnny Damon
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:03 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 8:18 pm

DH market still crowded

Vladimir Guerrero If there's a surplus of one position on the free agent market, it may be the designated hitter spot.

Jim Thome, one of last season's bargain pickups, is still unsigned, as are Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. And then there's the not-retired Jermaine Dye, Jason Giambi, Russell Branyan, Jose Guillen and Hank Blalock.

So far this offseason, the Red Sox exercised their option on David Ortiz, the Yankees have said they'll move Jorge Posada out from behind the plate, as will the Tigers with newly-signed Victor Martinez. Adam Dunn will be a first-time designated hitter with the White Sox.

As for teams with needs, that includes the team Thome DH'd for last season, the Twins, who would like him back. Of course, after putting up the year he did, he feels like he deserves a raise -- especially with his 600th career home run likely coming this season. The Rays, Angels and Rangers also have obvious needs, while the Orioles, Royals and Blue Jays could upgrade at the spot or stay put.

As it stands, here how the current AL DHs line up:
Orioles -- Luke Scott
Red Sox -- David Ortiz
Yankees -- Jorge Posada
Blue Jays -- Edwin Encarnacion
Rays -- Matt Joyce
White Sox -- Adam Dunn
Indians -- Travis Hafner
Tigers -- Victor Martinez
Royals -- Billy Butler
Twins -- Jason Kubel
Angels -- Mike Napoli
A's -- Hideki Matsui
Mariners -- Jack Cust
Rangers -- David Murphy

And here's who is left on the market (2010 AVG/OBP/SLG HR, RBI)
Jim Thome .283/.412/.627 25, 59
Vladimir Guerrero .300/.345/.496 29, 115
Manny Ramirez .298/.409/.510 16, 42
Johnny Damon .271/.355/.401 8, 51
Russell Branyan .237/.323/.487 25, 57
Jason Giambi .244/.378/.398 6, 35
Andruw Jones .230/.341/.486 19, 48
Hank Blalock .254/.319/.349 1, 7
Jose Guillen .258/.314/.416 16, 62
Jeremy Hermida .216/.268/351 6, 29
Troy Glaus .240/.344/.400 16, 71
Mike Sweeney .252/.321/.444 8, 26
Jorge Cantu .256/.304/.392 11, 56
Jermaine Dye (2009) .250/.340/.453 27, 81

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 2:26 pm

Cashman says no room for Damon

The Yankees did indeed talk with Johnny Damon, as reported Wednesday, but general manager Brian Cashman said it was just a part of the team's vetting of all free agents and there's not really a place for Damon to return to the Bronx.

"It's something we do with every free agent," Cashman said in a radio interview. "I can't tell you if anything's going to happen there. There's not a clear role for him here.''

The Yankees are set with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher in the outfield, and Jorge Posada is getting ready to transition to designated hitter, so it doesn't seem there would be much playing time for Damon, who still sees himself as an everyday player.

"I'm trying to get a utility infielder, I'm trying to get a right-handed hitting outfielder, I'm trying to get a starter and I'm trying to get a reliever,'' said Cashman, who also shot down rumors he was pursuing Freddy Garcia and Brandon Webb. "I'm working on things, but they have to make sense for us.''

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 22, 2010 7:12 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2010 7:25 pm

Yankees have talked to Damon about a return

Johnny Damon The Yankees have talked to Johnny Damon about a return to the Bronx, Newsday 's Ken Davidoff writes .

Davidoff notes four sources indicated the two sides have talked about bringing Damon back to New York where he'd serve a part-time role as a backup designated hitter (behind Jorge Posada), as well as in left field, where he could spell Brett Gardner, or allow Garner to fill-in at center for Curtis Granderson or in right for Nick Swisher.

Damon, however, is looking for more guaranteed playing time.

Damon played with the Yankees from 2006-2009 before leaving for a one-year deal with the Tigers.

Damon hit .271/.355/.401 with eight home runs and 51 RBI for Detroit last season.

UPDATE: On his blog , Davidoff says he wouldn't bet on the reunion happening, but does see Damon in the American League East, perhaps with the Rays or Orioles. He notes Damon wanted to go to the Cardinals, but then the team signed Lance Berkman.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 5:47 pm

Damon wants to return to Boston

Damon Johnny Damon wants to make one thing clear, as per WEEI 's Lou Merloni: his decision to reject a trade to the Red Sox in the summer was not personal.

"You know me. I’ve always been extremely loyal to my teammates," Damon told Merloni. "A lot of them expressed their desire to keep me around. My intention was to return there this year, but they had other plans."

While this certainly is true, it's also true that Damon was concerned about returning to Boston given the reception he has received -- as well as a fear that Yankee fans could start giving him the same reception. There were multiple reports and quotes to this effect, and it played a factor, however small, in his eventual decision to stay in Detroit rather than go try to make the playoffs in Boston.

Why a different tune now? Probably a combination of factors, one being his speaking to Red Sox players during his decision process and being assured that he would be welcomed back. The big factor?

The simple fact is that Damon wants as big a market as possible for his services.

"Obviously, I’d love to return to Boston," he said. "I loved playing there, and I think it would be a perfect fit, with the chance to win again. I know I could do that in Boston."

But where would Damon play? It's possible he could enter into a timeshare with Mike Cameron and play left field, but Boston is going after Magglio Ordonez hard, as per Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. If the club misses out, then it's possible Damon could emerge as an option -- but only if he's willing to accept reduced playing time.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 7:01 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 7:10 pm

Dodgers eyeing former Red Sox

Johnny Damon The Dodgers  are short an idiot from the 2004 Red Sox now that Manny Ramirez is gone, so the team is looking at Johnny Damon and Jason Varitek, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is reporting .

Rosenthal notes the Dodgers have contact with "virtually every free-agent catcher" -- including Rod Barajas, A.J. Pierzynski and Miguel Olivo. The team is talking to Russell Martin, but if no agreement is met by Thursday, the deadline for tendering contracts, he'll likely become a free agent.

Along with martin, A.J. Ellis and Hector Gimenez are the only catchers on the Dodgers' 40-man roster. Martin suffered a labial tear in his right hip and has yet to start running, Rosenthal reports.

Damon served primarily as a designated hitter for the Tigers, but would need to play left field for Los Angeles, replacing Scott Podsednik, who came over late in a trade from the Royals to replace Ramirez.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 10:20 am
Edited on: November 23, 2010 10:44 am

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Victor Martinez The first big free-agent signing of the offseason may be coming soon, as ESPNdeportes' Ignacio Serrano reports Victor Martinez is close to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers.

Martinez will return to the American League Central, where he played for the Indians from 2002 to 2009, when he was traded to the Red Sox.

Martinez hit .302/.351/.493 with 20 home runs for the Red Sox last season and is a career .300/.369/.469 hitter.

The Tigers have money to spare, with several big contracts coming off the books for 2011. The team announced earlier in the day that they would not be offering arbitration to their five free agents, Magglio Ordonez, Johnny Damon, Jeremy Bonderman, Bobby Seay and Gerald Laird.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 12:09 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 12:39 pm

Dodgers looking for team leaders

Martin With the Dodger Divorce off the front pages (at least until the judge rules in the case), Los Angeles can focus on moving forward and setting up for 2011.

As Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes, team officials are optimistic about the future in what will be Don Mattingly's first season as a manager with new coaches around him.

Although the Dodgers have a shopping list of a left fielder, second baseman, starting pitcher and catcher, their priority is to add players who they feel can lead the team.

The Dodgers want someone who can push along the development of Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, James Loney and Russell Martin, while forcing everyone to be accountable and navigating the team through tough times.

That's not an easy feat to do, and the number of players who have that type of impact are small. However, Cafardo names three free agents who could be a fit: Juan Uribe, A.J. Pierzynski and Johnny Damon.

Uribe could play second for the Dodgers, although it's difficult to envision the Giants letting Uribe walk when they need him to play short and can also slot him at second or third if needed.

Pierzynski is not a bad idea to add to the team, as the catcher's spot is currently one big question mark. Even if the club opts to bring back Russell Martin, they may want to be more aggressive about resting Martin (pictured) or playing him at other positions to try to reverse the path his career has taken. With a pricey payday on the way in arbitration, it's very possible L.A. non-tenders Martin, which would put Pierzynski into the starting spot.

As for left field, the answer there could be Damon. Damon is largely a DH these days but can still play a passable left field. Say what you want about his mercenary tendencies, but Damon has proven to be fantastic at gelling the clubhouse and being a leader.

He, however, has not heard anything from teams yet. While interest could later ramp up when all the big names are off the market, for now Damon has to sit tight.

And unlike at the trade deadline when he rejected a chance to return to Boston, now he refers to the city as a "good spot."

Probably because at this point in his career, he can't rule any team out for fear of losing out on a job.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 8:59 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 5:47 am

Wednesday evening rumor roundup

Hot Stove Wednesday wasn't quite as exciting as Tuesday's rumor-mongering at the GM meetings, but hey, we did get a trade and an overpaid free agent signing, so it wasn't all that different. Here's some of the other stuff that went down -- or has been talked about -- 'round Orlando and beyond.

• The Rockies are interested in Jon Garland, but aren't looking to offer much beyond a one-year deal. (Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman via Twitter )

• The Nationals are one of "six or eight" teams to have talked with Twins free agent starter Carl Pavano. (Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post )

• The Brewers hope to extend second baseman Rickie Weeks, who will be a free agent following the 2011 season. (Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel )

• Jorge de la Rosa will move quickly on signing, preferably signing before the Cliff Lee sweepstakes is wrapped up. He'll jump on an offer from the Nationals or Pirates if the terms are right. (Troy Renck of the Denver Post )

• The Rockies have been aggressive in Orlando with trades and free agents. The team has interest in Oakland third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. (Renck via Twitter)

• Miguel Olivo is drawing interest from the Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays. (FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi )

• The White Sox are interested in Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon to fill their need of a left-handed hitter, but aren't expected to make a move until after the Dec. 2 non-tender date. (Chicago Tribune 's Phil Rogers )

• The Phillies have done "extensive" groundwork on a deal for the White Sox's Carlos Quentin, who would replace Jayson Werth. (ESPN.com's Jayson Stark )

• Oakland, Toronto and Colorado have interest in Kansas City's Alex Gordon. (MLB.com's Dick Kaegel )

• Tsuyoshi Nishioka was officially posted on Wednesday (U.S. time), so the bidding will close at 5 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday. The Giants, Twins, Cardinals, Orioles, Mariners, Padres, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Red Sox have all been mentioned by Japanese media as teams with interest. (YakyuBaka.com )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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