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Johnny Damon had a productive—albeit unspectacular—year with the Tampa Bay Rays last year and is looking for the opportunity to duplicate his production pretty much anywhere, as he is just 277 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.
While recent news from the hot stove has the New York Mets in tentative pursuit of the aging left fielder, the market is also stacked with aging, productive-albeit-unspectacular, left-handed hitters like Damon, so it makes the move anything but solidified.
However, for the Mets—who already have Andres Torres in center, Jason Bay in left, and a likely platooned right field with Scott Hairston and Lucas Duda—it's difficult to see where Damon would fit into their scheme of things.
The Baltimore Orioles had also expressed interest in Damon, but with their recent signing of Wilson Betemit to a surprising two-year deal, they may have already filled that void.
Damon's other suitor has been the New York Yankees, who recently voided their designated hitter spot by dealing superstar prospect Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners. But again, with the options for what kind of role Damon would fill being so readily available, it's practically a toss-up figuring who will land there.
Still, there may be some nostalgia buried deep somewhere in that Yankee psyche, which may be enough to sign Damon over the multitudinous others; and Damon's notching his 3,000th hit with the club may be another feather in the Yankees historic cap.
Prediction: New York Yankees