Damaso Marte has faced 826 left-handed batters in his career and held them to an OPS of .583. He showed no signs of losing this skill in 2008. He’ll have a job as a left-handed specialist coming out of the pen in 2009. And, it’s possible that he could be asked to close out about a half-dozen games as well.
The biggest question for Marte in 2009 may be “Where will he be playing?” The Yankees have declined his option for next season. Some say New York hopes to still sign him, at a lower cost per season, in a multi-year deal. But, now that Marte is a free agent, he will get other offers as well. At this point, no one can predict if Damaso will be pitching, or not, for the Yankees in 2009.