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The hidden value of Johnny Damon

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 11, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_113028.jpgJohnny Damon stinks, right? He’s hitting .256, he has 54 RBI. He’s finished. Kaput. Done. Call him a cab.

Not so fast.

Damon has scored 80 runs, hit 10 home runs and stolen 20 bases. Only six other outfielders or designated hitters in baseball have done that this season — Grady Sizemore, Gary Sheffield, Curtis Granderson, Carl Crawford, Eric Byrnes and Bobby Abreu.

OK, you say that stolen bases are meaningless. Take those out and factor in Damon’s .347 OBP and he is one of 16 OF/DH types with as many runs, homers and that high of an OBP.

That tells me two things: Either the Yankees should keep him around or maybe Brian Cashman could really get something good for him.

Either way, he’s not a bum.

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