January 15, 2010

Damon to Tigers? + Other notes

The Tigers are the latest team to show interest in Johnny Damon. After losing Curtis Granderson, Detroit could use a third outfielder.

  • According to MLB.com's depth chart, Austin Jackson is set to start in center field and Carlos Guillen is marked down as the left fielder and designated hitter. Signing Damon could create a nice rotation of those three players plus Ryan Raburn as a backup. Magglio Ordonez wasn't very productive in right last year, but a .310/.376/.428 hitting line is still good enough to be starting.
  • Also, Carlos Beltran's knee surgery could mean bad news for Yankees fans who want to see Jerry Hairston Jr. back in pinstripes. Ken Rosenthal tweeted the Mets are interested in picking up the utility player, as he is the only FA left who can play center and shortstop.

    The Yankees and their $2 million budget don't look like aggressive suitors right now, so that really hurts their chances against a club like the Mets. It may be time to start thinking about Reed Johnson as the outfield backup.

  • Yankees spring training tickets went on sale this morning. So, if you're living in Florida, click here.

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