Johnny Damon is looking for a job. So when Curtis Granderson broke his arm, you can imagine Damon was pretty excited, telling Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that he would play for the Yankees if they called. And yet somehow this turned into an opportunity for Damon to bash the Rays and Luke Scott.
Damon was hoping to re-sign with the Rays this winter, but was apparently not happy when the Rays instead chose to re-sign Scott…
“I guess if you have a bad year and get hurt, you get re-signed,” said Damon, still clearly stung by his departure two years ago. “I had a good year there and they didn’t want me back.”
As bad as Scott was at times in 2012, his numbers really weren’t that much different than Damon’s numbers from the year before. Damon had a .743 OPS and .327 OBP while Scott had a .724 OPS and .308 wOBA. Damon did play in 150 games, compared to just 96 for Scott. Then again, there is that small matter of age. Scott is FIVE YEARS younger than Damon. I have a feeling that might have played a factor.