Yankees, Give Damon a Contract

Dan PazosCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 12:  Johnny Damon #18 of the New York Yankees hits a double in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during the MLB game on August 12, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

When was the last time Johnny Damon looked like this?

The Yankees are currently riding the gravy train into the middle of August, and one of their best producers has been Damon.

His numbers are the sort we haven't seen since he was wearing a Red Sox uniform.

In his last five games alone, Damon has eight hits, five of them doubles.

In those five games he has driven in three runs, and hit two homers.

Damon is absolutely on fire right now, but it has been a steady fire all season, which is beginning to heat up.

I previously wrote an article about Damon being the quietest offensive producer on the Yankees and he has been proving me right.


Right now, Damon's batting average is sitting pretty at .289, and his OBP is at a respectable .370.

Watching Damon at the plate this year has been magical.

He is constantly showing his ability to work counts, get on base any way he can, and produce for his team.

Damon is putting up numbers that are making other No. 2 hitters, on good teams in the league, look second class.

I say this because this season Damon has driven in 67 runs, compared to Dustin Pedrioa's 50.

He has hit 22 homeruns, compared to Pedrioa's nine, and that's just the No. 2 hitter on Boston.

Damon trumps the Angel's number two hitter, Eric Aybar, has only 43 RBI and five homeruns.

Even Detroit's Placido Polanco's season stats, seven homeruns and 53 RBI, are weak compared to the monster year Damon is having.

Damon is batting like one of, if not the best hitter in his slot in the lineup in the league right now.

He is a bat that has been clutch when needed, as well as getting it done on a day-by-day basis.

Damon is done defensively as a player and everyone can see that.

But this year has shown Yankee fans that he is still incredibly valuable to the organization.

At the end of this year, when Damon becomes a free agent, the Yankees should look into signing him for his bat alone.