The latest name to be tied to the Rays is Johnny Damon. And with the Yankees signing former Devil Ray Randy Winn, Damon is looking for a new home. Joel Sherman reports that the Rays have shown interest in Damon for some time…
The Tampa Bay Rays have been in regular contact with Scott Boras about adding Damon to be their primary DH, The Post has learned.
Sherman adds that the Rays may be interested even if they can’t trade Pat Burrell.
That seems fuzzy at best. Damon is a liability in the outfield, and with an arm about as strong and accurate as my 5-month old daughter’s, he certainly can’t play right field. As much as Joe Maddon covets positional flexibility on his four-man bench, the Rays can’t afford to give two roster spots to DH-types. Then again, part of the Damon-package includes his wife, Michelle (above). Maybe she can play the field.
More likely, Scott Boras is feeding additional teams to the media (Reds, Tigers also mentioned) to beef up an offer from the A’s now that the Yankees are no longer in the bidding.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Marc Topkin reports that Johnny Damon “would be interested” in joining the Rays. [The Heater]
- If you are wondering how much Johnny Damon would cost, keep in mind that he turned down $2 million from the Yankees. More likely it will take something closer to $5 million.
- Four Rays are in MLB.com’s list of Top 50 Prospects. The list includes Desmond Jennings (6), Wade Davis (13), Jeremy Hellickson (20) and Tim Beckham (24). The Rangers and Royals also placed four players in the Top 50. [MLB]
- Dioner Navarro spoke with Roger Mooney about his 2009 season and what it means that the Rays traded for Kelly Shoppach. [Tampa Tribune]