With last night/today’s news that Carlos Beltran will miss at least 12 weeks due to knee surgery, the Mets are seemingly left without an outfielder. The notion ran through my head at the time that maybe Johnny Damon could wind up on the Mets. The same thought, apparently ran through Buster Olney’s and J.P. Riccardi’s heads.
They mentioned Queens as a possible landing spot for Damon during today’s afternoon version of Baseball Tonight, but, as I did, they quickly dismissed it. Let’s run down the reasons why it’s not going to happen:
1. Omar Minaya may not be the best GM in the world, but he’s definitely not bad enough to sign Johnny Damon and totally shoot his team’s defense in the foot.
2. The fact that Damon can no longer play CF makes it totally illogical for the Mets to even be close to interested. Jeff Francoeur’s only played two games in CF in his career, so he can’t do it. Jason Bay…yeah no.
3. Because of the lack of position flexibility, there’s just a logjam. They could conceivably move Bay to right, play Damon in left, and find someone else to play CF, but I really don’t think that’s gonna work because they’d have to move Franco to the bench (granted, that’s not a bad thing because he’s not particularly good at playing baseball) and the Mets seem to like him a lot so it’s unlikely they do that.
In the end, it seems as if it’s going to be either the Yankees or the Braves for Damon. While Scott Boras and Johnny Damon may try to use the Mets’ injury situation as leverage against the Yankees and/or Braves, but I think both Brian Cashman and
John Frank Wren are way too smart to fall for that trick. I’d put the chances of Johnny ending up in Queens at 5% or less.
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