Probably more important is the perception (some would say reality) that Johnny Damon’s performance at the plate this season was largely a function of the stadium he played half his games in (.915 home OPS v. .795 on the road). Clearly Damon doesn’t agree with this given the quote above, which is perfectly fine. However, information like that displayed on the hittracker.com chart below are becoming more and more easily available, and this picture is pretty telling.
It also doesn’t help that LF is the most ‘stacked’ of all positions in this FA class–Damon is instantly behind Holliday and Bay, and gets to fight over scraps with the likes of Jermaine Dye, Vladimir Guerrerro etc. (and don’t be surprised if the Yanks consider Mike Cameron for their sizeable LF).
In the end, Johnny Damon was about a 3 win player this year (per fangraphs.com), which made him roughly worth the $13 million he was paid. I don’t see anyone betting he keeps that up, though–and especially not over a multi-year contract.…