Former New York Yankee OF Johnny Damon Signs with the Detroit Tigers

Blake VandeBunteContributor IFebruary 21, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 02:  Johnny Damon #18 of the New York Yankees runs towards third base as he scores on a RBI double by Alex Rodriguez #13 in the top of the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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After a few months of speculation the Detroit Tigers and Johnny Damon finally reached an agreement that brings the outfielder to Detroit.  Damon and the Tigers agreed to a one-year deal worth $8M.

So, where exactly does Damon fit in?  He’s clearly taking at-bats from someone, right?  Who’s out of the picture now?

You have to figure that this probably spells bad news for Carlos Guillen.  Guillen is a veteran left fielder, just like Damon.  Unlike Guillen, Damon has shown the ability to stay healthy.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think means Guillen is on his way out, as he could form a nice combo with Magglio Ordonez and rotate from the corner outfield spots to DH.

Assuming that’s all true, who would play in center?  I think Austin Jackson should get a shot at winning the job in spring training.  However, if he doesn’t perform and looks like he’s not ready, I hope the Tigers give Ryan Raburn a shot out there.  I know he’s not an ideal option, but I don’t see any point in rushing Jackson.

How’s this look for a line-up:

  1. Damon LF
  2. Raburn CF
  3. Ordonez RF
  4. Cabrera 1B
  5. Guillen DH
  6. Sizemore 2B
  7. Inge 3B
  8. Laird C
  9. Everett SS

You have to admit, the line-up does look better with Damon in there.  For more on the Damon signing, check out the links below:

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