Ken Davidoff reports that the Rays, Yankees and Angels are the three teams chasing Johnny Damon. However, Damon’s decision may come down to the Angels and Rays.
While the Yankees and Damon have had discussions, New York is not Damon’s first choice according to Davidoff because they are unable to offer him regular playing time. On the other hand, the Angels and Rays are both looking for somebody that can play most days in the outfield or at DH.
Damon’s final decision could come down to which team offers him more money. But if the contracts are comparable, the Rays will have the edge being closer to his Orlando home. The Rays can also offer Damon an opportunity to play nine games in Boston and New York this upcoming season.
So unless the Angels offer Damon considerably more money, Damon could be the Rays left fielder or DH on opening day.