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Johnny Damon? Ja Nee Day Mon!

Posted by Kris N. on January 21, 2010

Lets take a look at the Jamaican Dictionary:

Ja Nee Day Mon,

–noun “Informal”. Absolutely not; no. Translated roughly as “Uh, No way, man.”

I’m sorry, I can’t get on the board for Johnny Damon. Even if he signs for league minimum, I’ll pass (unless he approves a trade). His presence in the 25 man roster is uneconomic, because it doesn’t allow us to field the best, competitive team possible. How so? Well, Heyward will be up here, at the latest, June. That means Cabrera, Diaz, and Damon will be fighting for two spots. Damon could go ahead punch himself in, now we have to send down or trade either Cabera or Diaz. Two players who are as good and better than Damon.

Passing up on Johnny Damon? So easy, Johnny Damon could do it.

Why? Why would you want to do that? “Because he can bat leadoff?” Well, so can Nate and Cabrera. Damon’s OBP is only 7 points higher than McLouth’s, AND McLouth is a more successful base stealer. Which doesn’t really matter because Bobby doesn’t run much. So he isn’t a better leadoff option than McLouth. Lineup A isn’t better than Lineup B

Lineup A:                                                                                 Lineup B:

Damon                                                                                      McLouth

Prado                                                                                        Prado

Jones                                                                                        Jones

Glaus                                                                                         Glaus

McCann                                                                                    McCann

Escobar                                                                                    Escobar

McLouth                                                                                  Heyward

Heyward                                                                                  Diaz

Pitcher                                                                                      Pitcher

And I know everyone, even Phillie fans, think Diaz more than deserves a shot to start.

A Comparison:

All stats are from 2009. The UZR and all fielding stats are in LF. Please keep in mind Diaz had a limited role with the Braves for a good portion of the season.

What do you think?

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