Johnny Damon likely was on a few radar screens throughout August, after clearing waivers very early on and becoming eligible for trade. But the Tampa Bay Rays DH had scuffled so badly entering Monday—a .649 OPS since the All-Star break—that it had begun to look as though he would not be dealt.
After cranking two home runs and drawing a walk Monday, however, Damon might be back in the mix for several contenders. Three of his former teams are in real contention and would be able to make use of Damon. Even one National League team might come calling, despite Damon's virtually nonexistent defensive skills at this stage of his career.
These are the sort of opportunities Rays GM Andrew Friedman loves to exploit, so expect to hear Damon's name in several quarters over the next 36 hours. Whether or not he ends up there, here are five teams who will be in Friedman's ear, testing the waters for a possible deal.