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Free Agent Focus: Johnny Damon

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04:  Johnny Damon #18 of the New York Yankees rounds third and scores in the bottom of the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Mets ParadiseCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2010

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Johnny Damon just finished one of the best seasons of his career and he’s now a free agent. The 36 year old veteran outfielder should have no problem looking for work this off season.

This is what I thought at the beginning of the off season. Now, its a month away from the start of Spring Training and Damon has yet to sign with a team.

Last season he hit .282/.365/.489 with 24 HR, 82 RBI and 12 SB. So why would number like that have trouble finding a job? A few years ago he probably would have gotten a 3 year $45M deal. Now, he’s not going to get any where near that. In fact, he can’t even find a job.

Some reasons for the lack of interest could be because of his declining health, speed and defense. Whatever team he goes to would have to put him in left field and/or used as a designated hitter. He doesn’t have the range any more to be a center fielder and he never had the arm to be a right fielder, especially now. Damon could go another route and try to sell himself as a first baseman. But only having played just over 11 innings there in his career, might make teams a bit hesitant to try him there.

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