News reports today have the Yankees negotiating to re-sign Johnny Damon. Damon turned 36 years old on Nov. 5. For the past three seasons, he has had problems with his legsáand feet. Once a fearsome threat to steal bases, Damon had only 12 thefts in 2009. Once a centerfielder with range as good as all but three or four players in the majors, Damon now is a shadow of himself on defense.á He cannot cover the ground he once did and his throwing arm is virtually non-existent. Beginning in 2008, teams realized they could run on Damon at will. In 2008, the Yankees realized he was a defensive liability. They made a trade to bring Xavier Nady over from Pittsburgh and that was possible because Damon could DH with Hideki Matsui on the DL. But in 2009, Matsui was the primary DH and did a very good j ...
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