Damon to Cincy still makes sense
In his latest piece, ESPN‘s Tim Kurkjian writes that the Cincinnati Reds, who are in need of more offense and have a vacancy in left field, should look to sign Johnny Damon. Damon is still in search of a home due to Scott Boras’ failings this winter (Damon must also shoulder the blame for his current situation), and has been connected mostly to Detroit, Atlanta, and to a lesser extent, Tampa Bay, and Toronto. The Reds were also linked to Damon in late January, but that interest seemed tepid at best and died down further once the club signed Orlando Cabrera for $3.02 million.
Still, the Reds could be a surprise contender in 2010, for as Dave Cameron notes, “[T]hey have the makings of a pretty good team,” with players like Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, Aaron Harang, etc. Perhaps the organization is aware of this and would be willing to add Damon to better position themselves for a run. Their biggest hurdle, however, is finding room for Damon – even if his price is $5 million or so – in the payroll.
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