The Johnny Damon free agent drama is over, thank goodness. Now that he is a Detroit Tiger, it’s time to figure out how much regression to expect and where he fits in with the rest of the Outfielders.
Everyone and they mama knows he won’t replicate his 2009 season with the Yanks. The HR, Runs, RBI and AVG will drop after leaving that lineup and stadium. This is no secret or revelation. He is o-ranked as the 40th best OF and 131st player overall on Yahoo after a great season. Currently he’s going around pick 124 at Mock Draft Central, the 40th OF coincidentally. Will I be drafting Johnny Damon in the Tenth Round? Hell no! Like Johnny Drama, Damon is the washed up, has-been older brother of the Outfield.
Anyone who drafts Damon should expect a line of: .275/90/15/60/15. Expecting anything more would be lunacy, I feel like I’m being nice with this projection. So why would I draft him at his ADP when so many other Outfielders will be posting similar lines at cheaper prices. They may be seperated by 0.15 picks, but Carlos Gonzalez and Johnny Damon are worlds apart. Who else can post similar or better lines at cheaper prices? How about Denard Span (125), Nyger Morgan (130), Garrett Jones (152), Rajai Davis (167), Juan Rivera (172), Vernon Wells (192), Corey Hart (194), Julio Borbon (195), Nolan Reimold (200), Juan Pierre (235), Franklin Gutierrez (254), Josh Willingham (255), Dexter Fowler (280), Connor Jackson (317). There are more, like JD Drew, Magglio Ordonez, Jeff Francouer, Cameron Maybin, Lastings Milledge and on and on and on. Johnny Damon is just an average dude now.
Johnny Damon wouldn’t even draft himself. Even he knows what’s up. If it’s the 10th, 11th, 12th Rd and you see Damon sitting there… ask yourself, Who Would Johnny Damon Draft?