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Tigers Sign Johnny Damon to One Year Deal

After a couple of weeks of speculation, the Tigers finally inked Johnny Damon to a one year, $8 million deal.  That’ll make Damon the everyday left fielder with Ryan Raburn spelling him now and then.  What makes this move interesting is how the domino effect.  Raburn is going to lose out on some time because he would have gotten more play in left if it were just Carlos Guillen.  And now Carlos Guillen doesn’t have a spot outside of designated hitter unless Leyland shuffles Guillen and Damon between left field and DH.  It also means a player like Austin Jackson, who was probably on the fringe of making the team, falls off of the roster and at least starts the season in Toledo.

Damon should bat either first or second in the lineup and my guess is begins the season leading off so that problem is solved too.  My guess is Damon’s home runs come way down (most of his home runs were hit in hitter friendly Yankee Stadium) but his doubles should go up.  Still, he’s most likely an upgrade over what we have out in left prior to the signing.

the full the next three days movie

I’m going to write a offseason summary now that it looks like most of the moves are done so look for that tomorrow or Tuesday.  I actually think the Tigers are a better team in 2010 then in 2009 (if you just look at the short term implications) but I need to think through it by writing it all down.

Are you simply speculating that this means Jackson will be sent down? I haven’t read anywhere that Damon or Raburn will be getting any significant playing time in CF…

Posted by Echo on February 21st, 2010 at 10:17 am

I’m not too worried about Raburn’s playing time. With the probability of injuries that come with our old outfielders, if he hits he will play.

Posted by Mike on February 21st, 2010 at 10:59 am

Austin Jackson is a good prospect, but he needs to work on his contact skills (struck out in about 23% of his MINOR league at bats last season). He needs more time on the farm.

I’m in favor of Thomas/Raburn platooning in CF to start the season, with Jackson going to Toledo.

Posted by Randy on February 21st, 2010 at 10:29 pm

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