Luke Scott can play first base, so there was still the possibility that Johnny Damon could have been brought back to DH if another first baseman wasn’t available. That is, until Damon spoke with Marc Topkin.
“It’s an unhappy day…Didn’t realize the DH and 1B brought the offense down. Thought we would’ve had an offer…Obviously, I love playing there, but for some reason they’re looking for a DH and a first baseman…And I thought Kotchman and I were probably the two more consistent guys in the lineup last year. I know they want to upgrade the offense, but the offense is going to be fine as long as there’s some production from the catching spot and shortstop…”
We should point out that these were just part of Damon’s comments (you can read the rest at TampaBay.com). And all of the comments were delivered via text. Now, this is just speculation, but we’d say Damon is kinda pissed off. It takes a lot of energy to send that many texts. Unless of course Damon had Siri send them, but we digress.
But the big take-home point here is that Damon is saying what we are all thinking. The Rays priority should be in upgrading shortstop and catcher. Unfortunately for Damon though, those positions have young (cheap) in-house candidates, and first base and DH do not.
That being said, it is a little perplexing that Damon never even received an offer. Is Scott that much of an upgrade over Damon? At his best, sure. But there are some big question marks. And it sounds like Damon would have been willing to play for a reduced rate.