Friday, August 3, 2012

DDFA - Damon Designated For Assignment

For all those Yankees fans that clamored for the return of Johnny Damon, via MLBTradeRumors...
The Indians announced that they designated Johnny Damon for assignment. The move creates 25-man roster space for outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, who has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus. 
Damon signed a minor league deal with the Indians in April after an extended stint on the free agent market. The 38-year-old didn't provide much offense, hitting just .222/.281/.329 with four home runs in 224 plate appearances as a left fielder and designated hitter. Damon now has 2769 hits, 235 home runs and 408 stolen bases in his 18-year career. He ranks in the top 50 all-time in runs scored (1668, 31st) and doubles (522, 41st). 
So Damon isn't good enough to finish out the season with the Cleveland Indians, the same team that has a record of 50-55 and 7.5 games in back of 1st place Chicago, but he would have been a better choice for the Yanks than Raul Ibanez? *clearing my throat* HA!

Okay, the Indians aren't going anywhere, so it makes sense to clear room in order to bring up a prospect that could contribute to the team in the future. You know, "the future", when perhaps the Indians will compete for something. Carrera is hitting .294/.345/.419 with 26 stolen bases for AAA Columbus, so they have a solid regular there.

But I couldn't pass up a chance to rub it in that I wanted Ibanez over Damon. Although leaving Cleveland is probably a good thing, as this could be the next thing Johnny sees...

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