Letting Damon and Matsui walk — maybe it was for the best?
On the season, former Yankee turned Tiger, Johnny Damon, is currently hitting .274/.363/.402. After hitting 24 home runs in 2009, a year later, Damon has only swatted 3 homers and is on pace for less than 10 total. Meanwhile, Hideki Matsui, outfielder/designated hitter for the Angels, is batting an anemic .261/.332/.424 with 9 homers. Though he is having a great June – .343/.403/.514 triple slash – his numbers against lefties this year – .205/.237/.409 triple slash – are rather disconcerting.
Maybe Brian Cashman was right to let these guys leave? The Nick Johnson signing hasn’t worked out too well, but Brett Gardner has been one of the better left fielders in baseball (on both sides of the coin). What do you think?
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