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Orioles haven't ruled out signing Johnny Damon

Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:53 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 3:59 pm
By Matt Snyder

Free agent designated hitter (well, I guess he could play outfield, too, but that's probably a stretch) Johnny Damon is still looking for work. And the Orioles have not ruled out signing the 38-year-old,'s Jon Heyman has learned. Of course, Heyman also reports nothing is imminent.

It's a bit surprising Damon hasn't been signed by now. He hit .261/.326/.418 with 16 homers, 29 doubles and seven triples last season. Of course, previous Heyman reports have indicated Damon's asking price has been too high. If he's desperate enough to accept a meager fee like, say, $3 million just to hit for a full season, there might be more suitors.

The lingering storyline with Damon is his pursuit of 3,000 hits. He currently has gathered 2,723 in his career. For the past three seasons, he's averaged 151 hits, so he needs two more full seasons and then he probably gets there. It can't be a secret what that number might mean. The only players to ever have 3,000 hits are either: 1. In the Hall of Fame; 2. headed there (Craig Biggio, Derek Jeter); 3. Being held out (Pete Rose due to his ban and Rafael Palmeiro due to his failed drug test). So if Damon reached 3,000, it's reasonable to believe he'd have a shot at enshrinement. If not, he's not getting in.

As for the Orioles, they don't necessarily have a hole at DH, but Damon would be an upgrade. As things currently stand, some combination of Mark Reynolds, Chris Davis and Wilson Betemit are likely to fill 1B, 3B and the DH. Nolan Reimold -- if Endy Chavez plays left field -- could also be an option.

If the Orioles do sign Damon, hopefully they'll flip him to Toronto eventually. It would be a shame to come so close to the AL East grand slam without completing it.

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Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:29 pm

Orioles haven't ruled out signing Johnny Damon

  1. It is amazing to me how these veteran players who already have millions of dollars in the bank price themselves out of a job. Damon has a chance to make the HOF for gosh sakes....he should take any offer on the table. Who cares how much it is. The HOF is more important than more money that you don't need. Am I missing something? 

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:45 pm
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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:44 pm

Orioles haven't ruled out signing Johnny Damon

I don't quite get where you guys that are against signing Damon are coming from.  Especially for 2-3 million and by a team like the O's.  The team sucks, the price would be a steal for the value, and the guy is still a better hitter than at least a third of the stiffs that cross the white lines on a nightly basis.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:56 pm

Orioles haven't ruled out signing Johnny Damon

Damon is still good enough to warrant a roster spot on an MLB team, and maybe even starter worthy for several clubs. However, he's going to have to accept that he has no leverage whatsoever. If someone comes along and offers him a 2-3 million dollar contract, and a promise of 400 AB's, he should take it if he wants to continue playing. 

If not the Orioles, Johnny may be looking at a scenario where he waits for an injury to pop up. I hate it when people reference their video games on blogs so my apologies in advance, but when Edwin Encarnacion got placed on the 60 day DL in my fantasy season, I signed Johnny Damon for 1.5 million to DH for my team. I only bring that up because that might be the best situation he can hope for if this thing with the Orioles falls through. As for Guerrero, I think he may well be finished for good.  

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:21 pm

Orioles haven't ruled out signing Johnny Damon

The only way Damon has a chance to get to 3,000 hits is if he takes less money and latches onto a team like the O's for a couple of years. And who knows, they may catch "lightning in a bottle".

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:07 pm

Orioles haven't ruled out signing Johnny Damon

I wouldn't laugh at this signing.  The guy is STILL a valuable hitter.  This isn't Vlad 2012.

He's also a great influence in the clubhouse.  Almost all the guys in Tampa Bay wanted him back this season, but just like the article said, the asking price has been too high.

If he wants the 3000 hite, and a shot at the Hall Of Fame, he's going to have to take less money over the next 2-3 years.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:01 pm

Orioles haven't ruled out signing Johnny Damon

Ive got tickets to opening day vs the twinkies.  Pretty stoked about that. 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:35 pm

Orioles haven't ruled out signing Johnny Damon

Let me start by saying, I am an Indians fan, living in Baltimore. I pull for the O's and would love to see Baltimore be a contender again, but at the end of the day, I love my Tribe.

You can't win by even considering a signing like this!  What can Damon provide to this team?  Didn't the O's learn from the terrible contract they gave Vlad?  I know this move hasn't been made, but the fact that the O's are even considering it makes me feel terrible for their fan base.  And tells me, as long as this ownership group is there, they will never win.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:25 pm

Orioles haven't ruled out signing Johnny Damon

LOL..... is all I have to say!!!!

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