The Cleveland Indians and free agent outfielder Johnny Damon agreed to a deal earlier in the week and the way his contract is structured it would be wise for the Indians to call up Damon. If he his not called up by May 1 he will be release as stated by his contract.
Damon has been getting at-bats in the minor leagues so far this season.
Once Damon is called up by the Indians he will be joining an outfield that already consists of Michael Brantley, Shin-Soo Choo and Shelley Duncan while Travis Hafner is occupying the designated hitter position so it would be interesting to see where Damon actually fits on this Indians ball club.
Aaron Cunningham is also used in the bench role.
The signing of Damon does not make sense for the Indians because they have nowhere to put him. The only thing Damon could actually provide is leadership for the young Indians ball club that is sitting in the second position in the American League Central division. Damon’s playoff experience is the most anyone on the roster except for possibly former Boston Red Sox teammate Derek Lowe.
Last year, Damon was playing for the Tampa Bay Rays and played in 150 games. He batted .261/.326/.418 and hit 16 homers while driving in 73 RBI. Career wise, Damon has played in 2426 games and has a career .286 average. over 17 years of MLB experience. Damon also has played in 59 career playoff games and hopes to help the Indians clinch a playoff berth this year.