Cleveland Indians: Johnny Damon Could Be an Interesting Fit in the Lineup

Zak SchmollAnalyst IApril 3, 2012

ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Johnny Damon #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays heads to third base in the seventh inning on a Casey Kotchman #11 single before scoring the Rays second run later in the inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 3, 2011 in St Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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It has been somewhat surprising that Johnny Damon has not landed with a team yet. After all, even though he is 38 years old, he was a solid designated hitter last year for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Overall, he hit .261 with 16 home runs, 73 RBI and 19 stolen bases. While that isn't necessarily the same level of production that Damon has put up throughout his career, you would think that some team would not mind adding him to the lineup somewhere. Obviously, he could be a designated hitter, but it is possible that he could return to left field as well.

The wheels might be turning, however. Buster Olney of ESPN reported on Twitter that, according to agent Scott Boras, Damon will be playing baseball by May 1.

Of course, the million dollar question is where he will be playing.

Although MLB Trade Rumors does not think that Damon will be playing for the Cleveland Indians, I personally think that he would be a very interesting fit for that lineup.

They could use some support in left field as Shelley Duncan provides similar power production to Damon but with less speed. In that sense, Damon would definitely be an upgrade in that situation.

Then, at designated hitter, Travis Hafner has battled with injuries over the past few seasons. As he demonstrated last year with Tampa Bay, Damon is also content with playing that position.

Overall, Damon might be a very interesting for the Cleveland Indians. However, we will all just have to wait and see where he actually lands. He should definitely be a productive asset for that team.

 

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