Same Face, Different Place: Johnny Damon

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IFebruary 23, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 02:  Eric Hinske #14 of the New York Yankees scores on a broken bat ground out by Johnny Damon #18 in the top of the fifth 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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By John Arias.

After having a great season in 2009, the former Yankee hit the free-agent market in hopes of signing another lucrative long-term deal. Unfortunately, he had to settle and did not get the deal he once hoped for.

No one benefited more from the new Yankee Stadium than Damon, who tied his career high last year by hitting 24 home runs. He finished with 82 RBI, scored 107 runs and hit .282.

However, one number that did decline in 2009 was his stolen base total. He only had 12, and in his previous three years in New York, he averaged 27 stolen bases.

After having a great 2009, he hit the 2010 free-agent market and had to settle for a one-year deal. After contemplating offers from several teams, he finally settled on a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers for $8 million...

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