Tampa Bay Rays designated hitters ranked tenth in OPS in the American League this past season. But according to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, that may not keep the Rays from re-signing Johnny Damon for the 2012 season (via Twitter).

The Rays haven’t ruled out a return of free-agent DH Johnny Damon. Liked his offense, loved his personality.

The key words here are the proper usage of “liked” and “loved.” But do the Rays “like” his offense enough? And at what price? Damon made $5.25 million in 2011, and if he truly wants to come back (as he has stated) it will have to be at significant reduction in salary.

That’s not to say his clubhouse presence isn’t important. We love having one or two Johnny Damons around. But if his personality and experience are the only benefits, just go out and sign Cliff Floyd to be a coach. He would be a lot cheaper.

 
 

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