Found February 06, 2012 on Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest:
Reports indicate that Johnny Damon is looking for a contract in the $5 million dollar range. I doubt he can score that kind of deal this late in the offseason, so maybe the Mets should see if they could swoop in and sign him to an incentive-laden deal. Where would Damon fit? How about centerfield? Yes, I know the issues with the pop-gun arm, however Damon can still hit (.261/16/73 in 2011), and with the presence of Andres Torres off the bench, it’s possible to replace him defensively late in ballgames. Is this a wild idea? He only played 4 games in center last year, and 38 since 2008. The last time he’s played centerfield full-time was in 2006. I guess it would be up to the kind of shape Damon is in and whether his body can hold up. The more likely move is Damon signing a deal with an American League team where he could DH, as he makes his charge towards 3,000 hits. Damon needs 277 hits to reach that magic number that usually includes induction into Cooperstown- unless you’re Pete R...

If that's all Torres is then Damon makes sense...

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Mets Web-Dings: Ike Davis Is Ready To Make His Mark

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Mets’ Ownership Is Its Own Worst Enemy

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When people would fuss about some over-the-hill-journeyman type veteran player signed to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, many of us would joke who cares sign them like candy.  Basically you were paying a percentage of league minimum to see what they have and then could add them to Buffalo for depth. The new collective bargaining agreement maybe effecting...

My Thoughts Regarding Howard Megdal’s Revocation of Credentials

Yesterday, the Mets Blogosphere was made aware that the Jorunal News’ Howard Megdal was stripped of his press credentials for the 2012 season by New York Mets PR head Jay Horwitz because of “unliked reporting”.  Megdal has tried to get ahold of the Mets PR department, but his request for an explanation went through one ear, and out the other without any further explanation...

Report: Yankees Considering Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon as Options to Help Fill Designated Hitter Role

The Yankees could be reaching into their past to secure their future designated hitter. A day after Raul Ibanez emerged as a candidate to fill the role, reports the Yankees have also looked into Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui as left-handed options to rejoin the club as a designated hitter. Unlike Ibanez, Damon and Matsui have each played for the Yankees and were teammates...

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Fight The Folly

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