As the regular season approaches, MLB's free-agent frenzy has just about come to an end. Most of the big names on the market have already found a home, but there's a small list of free agents still out there who will likely sign soon.
Johnny Damon is one of those names yet to have found a team for the 2012 season. Damon hit .261/.326/.417 with 16 homers and 73 RBI as the DH for the Rays last year, and there are a few teams who could use those numbers on their roster this season as he continues his quest for 3,000 hits.
The main problem for the 38-year-old is that he doesn't feature the speed he used to have, which provided him with more stolen bases and much better defense in the outfield.
The fact that he has almost no defensive value at all is a turn-off for teams that have shown interest in him in the past; such as the Yankees, Orioles, and Tigers.
Although the list of teams that could pick up Damon is small, it looks like a deal for him is likely within the next month. Damon's agent Scott Boras told ESPN's Buster Olney on Monday that his client will be signed by May 1.
Johnny Damon looking for opportunity with 450 PAs, according to agent Scott Boras. "Damon will be signed by May 1st; just don't know where."— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 2, 2012
Boras is uncertain of which team will make an offer for Damon, but there's only a few teams that could be real possibilities.
Here are the three teams I think are the most likely to come calling for Damon this month.