Unlike last year, the Rays do not have a lot of players that will be free agents at the end of the season. One of the guys is Johnny Damon, who will be 38 next season. And soon, the Rays will have to decide if Damon will be the Rays designated hitter again in 2012.
Jayson Stark of ESPN.com is reporting that Damon wants to be back with the Rays next year, and that the Rays may be leaning towards granting that wish…
More and more, it sounds as if the Rays would be amenable to bringing back Johnny Damon for another year of DH fun. And Damon would love to stick around. But remember, Damon wanted to go back to Boston, New York and Detroit, too — and his trusty agent, Scott Boras, sometimes has different ideas about what Damon is worth than his former employers. As Damon himself said last year, after finding himself in Detroit: “I usually stay out of this stuff. I leave it in Scott’s hands — and I always end up changing teams.”
The question is “why?”
Here is a look at how Rays designated hitters have performed this season compared to the rest of the American League. Of course, most of these at bats belong to Damon…
Hey Johnny Biceps is a fun guy. It seems like his teammates love him. And there is something to be said about having a veteran like Damon around. But he is also not very good.
Of course, if he is willing to accept a part-time roll and will come back at a LOT less than his 2011 salary of $5.25 million, then maybe. But we don’t see either of those happening.