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Braves on Verge of Landing Coveted Bat

January 14, 2010 2 comments
Johnny Damon

Damon would certainly bolster a Braves outfield lacking in offensive firepower

With initial Spring Training workouts beginning 35 days from now, and payroll nearly at its limit, the Atlanta Braves seemingly have one gift remaining on its still unfulfilled holiday wish-list.

Content with the product he has assembled this off-season, but intrigued by the possibility of adding an all-star outfielder to solidify the Braves lineup, general manager Frank Wren appears to be making a push for free-agent Johnny Damon.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution via Twitter, reports that Atlanta remains in active pursuit of the 2-time all star, despite making no public offer thus far.

Damon, a 36 year-old outfielder who has spent the previous four years playing for the New York Yankees, hit .282 in the final season of his contract, driving in 82 runs and hitting a career-high 24 home-runs (a number aided by the friendly confines of the new Yankee Stadium).

With 15 years of Major League service, Damon has compiled a .288 career average, 207 home-runs, and 2425 hits.

Interest has peaked for the Braves, a team in need of both a dependable bat atop the order and talented defender at a corner outfield position, as Damon’s value continues to decrease.

Having already added OF Melky Cabrera, utility man Eric Hinske and 1B Troy Glaus in the offseason, the Braves lack the amount of money originally sought by Damon and his agent, the infamous Scott Boras ( A number that exceeds $10 million for multiple years).

As teams find cheap alternatives to fill empty slots, Damon has been left on the market, where his value has steadily diminished. With many of the teams thought to share interest in reeling in the veteran free agent no longer in pursuit, the Atlanta Braves may now stand as the front-runner.

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How’s this for a lineup:

1. Johnny Damon LF

2. Nate McLouth CF

3. Chipper Jones 3B

4. Troy Glaus 1B

5. Brian McCann C

6. Yunel Escobar SS

7. Martin Prado 2B

8. Matt Diaz RF and/or Heyward.

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