After a few months of speculation the Tigers and Johnny Damon finally reached an agreement that brings the outfielder to Detroit. Damon and the Tigers agreed to a one-year deal worth $8M.
So, where exactly does Damon fit in? He’s clearly taking at-bats from someone, right? So who’s out of the picture now?
You have to figure this spells bad news for Carlos Guillen. Guillen is an old left fielder just like Damon. Unlike Guillen, Damon has shown the ability to stay healthy. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think means Guillen is on his way out, they could work as a nice combo with Magglio Ordonez as they rotate from the corner outfield spots and DH.
Assuming that’s all true, who would play in center? I think Austin Jackson should get a shot at winning the job in spring training. However, if he doesn’t perform and looks like he’s not ready, I hope the Tigers give Ryan Raburn a lot out there. I know he’s not an ideal option, but I don’t see any point in rushing Jackson.
How’s this look for a line up?
- Damon LF
- Raburn CF
- Ordonez RF
- Cabrera 1B
- Guillen DH
- Sizemore 2B
- Inge 3B
- Laird C
- Everett SS
You have to admit, the line up does look better with Damon in there. For more on the Damon signing check out the links below: