Just because the New York Yankees signed Johnny Damon to play center field doesn’t mean there isn’t room for Torii Hunter.
Damon told the Pioneer Press he would be willing to move to right field if the Yankees were to acquire Hunter. Hunter has talked openly about playing for the Yankees if the Twins do not show a commitment to winning beyond this season.
“I know how good Torii Hunter is, and he would be a good fit,” Damon said before Friday night’s game at the Metrodome. “We still have Gary Sheffield (in right field), which Gary may end up moving to the DH spot. I’m sure there’s a lot that we can do. Whatever makes the team better.”
“I had to do it for Carlos Beltran to make his job easier in the big leagues, and he seemed to do pretty good,” Damon said. “Yeah, it doesn’t matter to me. Whatever needs to be done. It’s all about going out there and trying to win. (Hunter is) definitely one of the game’s best players, but I’ll leave that up to (Yankees general manager) Brian Cashman. I can’t be running my mouth.”
Johnny, dude, you don’t have to answer every question they ask you.
Besides, Hunter’s had one good year in his career – and that was 2002. Sure, he’s great with the glove. But, otherwise, he’s an average stick at best.
I’d rather leave you (Damon) in CF until Brett Gardner is ready.