Johnny Damon, Underpaid Outfielder

In Buster Olney’s latest blog entry, he claims that “[Andruw] Jones is said to be seeking a seven-year deal for something around $20 million annually.” Seven years and 140 million for a guy who had an OPS of .724 and is slipping defensively? If he actually gets anything close to that figure, Johnny Damon, who the Yanks figure to be shopping this off-season as the “odd man out,” becomes a relative bargain. Sure Damon had an off year also, with a .747 OPS, but he played better once he was in shape in the second half (.814 OPS). Also, he has 2 years, $26 million left on his contract. Are the odds better that Damon has 2 more productive seasons or that Jones has 7?


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