Damon is in his mid-30s now and is no longer the fast, base stealing power hitter he once was with Boston and Oakland. He still has a strong left-handed bat and could be a great DH for the Rays. Damon is looking at Atlanta as well as a possible place because he wants to be closer to his home and spring training area.
Damon hit only .271 last season with 8 home runs for Detroit and was nagged by injuries all season. He is not a real option in the outfield for the Rays. He is older now and playing on artificial turf would ruin his knees even more, add in the factor he throws like a girl will make Maddon keep him at DH.
Is Damon willing to simply DH and what is the cost for him at this age? The Rays will only sign him if the price is very, very low and the Braves may be willing to throw extra money at him as they try to put together a strong club.
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