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Thinking about Johnny Damon

In the midst of all the Yankees (Joba-Hughes bullpen/starter, Cervelli-Posada, A-Rod, Jeter at SS) banter, there's one subject I don't think I've seen much of (if any) this year- here or otherwise, and that's: What happens to Johnny Damon?

As he comes to the end of his 4-year $52M contract, I think back to his time in pinstripes as being solid. Although I've liked him- when I think back, he's been banged up quite a bit. And even seemed to be breaking down at times- which made made surprised when I looked back and saw that he's never played less than 141 games in a season for the Yanks.

Year


         
G

  R


HRRBI SB


BA OBP SLG OPS
2006
NYY AL 149

115


24     80     25


  .285   .359      .482     .841



2007
NYY AL 141

93


12 63 27


.270 .351 .396 .747



2008
NYY AL 143

95


17 71 29


.303 .375 .461 .836



2009
NYY AL 78

61


16 49 8


.284 .370 .528 .898



 

(stats from Baseball-Reference.com)

He's having arguably his best statistical season, offensively speaking, as a Yankee. His BA is just about his career average, but he's slugging higher than ever (thank you new Stadium) and he's on pace to score more runs, and have more RBIs and HRs than he's had in his career.

Next year the Yanks will have under contract OF's Melky, Gardner, and Swish- add to the mix the Austin Jackson's and come-what-may FA's of the world. So where does that leave Johnny? What's reasonable to bring him back? (Or is it even reasonable to think about bringing him back?) A two-year deal at $7-8M per? One year deal? Less money? Will he take less years/money? I am sure some of these questions will be answered by the what the economic climate brings this offseason. If last offseason taught us anything though, we can't expect big numbers to be thrown around for guys in their mid-30s.

So I ask again- if it was up to you- what happens to Johnny Damon?

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