Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Johnny Damon

by Nicholas Minnix on April 12, 2012 @ 14:17:44 PDT


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Johnny Damon, OF, Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore
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As the locals are spinning it, Cleveland is desperate to improve its offense. Damon has a deal in place with the Tribe, and the physical (a mere formality for a fit man like this 38-year-old) is the last step. Don't look for contributions for a few weeks, because during spring training the veteran was waiting by the phone.

Damon is a lifetime .286 hitter, and the type of production he offers is no secret. Despite his "advanced" age, he's still a decent bet to come up with a .250 batting average, 15 homers and 15 stolen bases in 600 plate appearances. In his career, he's proven that he's not a liability against southpaws.

The question is whether he'll get that much PT this year. It's possible, but the Indians have multiple potential solutions for their lineup. First, Damon seems likely to platoon with Shelley Duncan in left field, although the Tribe could put Damon at DH on days that the club faces a lefty. Second, the club has a number of scrub-like outfielders awaiting a shot at more PT. Matt LaPorta is an option, too. The team awaits Grady Sizemore's eventual return from back surgery, too.

If Cleveland was comfortable with those options, they'd have tried one of them first, though. Damon is a nice vet to have around, and he always seems to find his way into the lineup. He's not a lock to continue doing so, but you shouldn't have to risk much to place him on your roto roster and see where it goes.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

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