Indians reportedly close to signing Johnny Damon
April 12, 2012
Reports are circling that the Indians are close to signing free agent outfielder Johnny Damon. No official announcement has been made, but with an off day on Thursday a lot of ground could be covered in getting to a deal and a signing could even be announced later in the day.
Damon, 38, will be entering his 18th Major League season, as he spent 14 of the previous 17 seasons with the Royals, Red Sox and Yankees. In his career he owns a slash line of .286/.353/.435 with 2,723 hits, 231 homers and 1120 RBI in 2,426 games. Last season in 150 games with the Rays he hit .261 with 16 homers, 73 RBI and .743 OPS.
The Indians are off to a slow start offensively as they are hitting just .176 as a team through six games, which is dead last in Major League Baseball. After center fielder Grady Sizemore went down with an injury early in spring training the Indians made their concerns in left field known as they actively looked for a regular option. They worked out Vladimir Guerrero in the Dominican Republic and came close to trading for Bobby Abreu two weeks ago.
Damon has not played a lot of outfield the past few seasons as he has only played a total of 52 games in the outfield over the last two seasons. He will probably work in some kind of platoon with right-handed hitter Shelley Duncan. As to whose spot on the roster he replaces, it will probably be outfielder Aaron Cunningham who is designated for assignent to make room for Damon on the 40-man and 25-man roster.
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Yes, the Royals are loaded with good scouting, drafting and developing. So much so, that they haven't finished above fourth in the central since 2003, and haven't been to the playoffs since 1985. They are loaded with talent, as you put it, because they have been absolutely horrible since over the past several years, and finally have some talent to show for it. Of course, that talent hasn't done a thing yet, but who's counting.
I like Chris Sale as a starter, but I don't think I'm in the realm of calling him "dominating" just yet. He was a nice reliever last year, and went 6 2/3 in his first major league start, and against the worst offense in the league in 2012 to boot.
Boy, talk about overdramatic statements.
The Indians stink on offense right now, but you don't have to oversell other teams to make that point...
He's absolutely shredding the ball now after having a monster spring. Let's give the 20-year old a year or two before we call him a bust.
As per the A's, are we talking about the same team that hasn't sniffed the playoffs since 2006?
You're right, absolutely exhilarating...;)
I'm not normally one of the "Dolan sucks, Indians are terrible" crowd, but I do see this year's team as the worst since at least '04, and something like a 65-win team--with the possibility of improved 2nd-half performance. I think a lot of people have blinders on because of the 31-15 start last year. The rest of the year they played like a 65-win team. That start was buoyed by a briefly healthy Sizemore, Carrasco was brilliant, and Carmona was pitching well outside the opening day thumping, and they benefited from a level of play from Brantley that we haven't seen since.
As far as this being the worst Indians team in recent memory...nah...overdramatic...and the only thing toxic within this organization is the fact that they don't have the money to compete. If Antonetti, Shapiro and Acta were fired today, they'd be hired tomorrow by a team laughing their asses off that the Indians were dumb enough to fire them...well...at least Antonetti and Shapiro. Acta IS thought highly of though...
I still don't believe this team will come close to losing 100 games...
Don't worry about him in LF. He will hold his own. Hats off to Shapiro and Antonelli for not waiting any longer than a week to see that they could use his help. We all know they have targeted 2012 as a playoff year...Be a Believer!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'd rather see a spot open up for them in 2-3 weeks if they keep hitting than bring in Damon.
(By the way, both ought to be getting reps in LF.)
Johnny Damon was a terrific player, and if he was 28, I'd feel great about this move.
What's going on here?