For the last six years, Johhny Damon’s been good for about 145 games played and an OPS around .800 (give or take some) each season. Yet, over the last two seasons, Damon has come up with sundry aches and pains that suggest “Caveat emptor!” on any further promise of 145 games with a decent OPS. Hey, it’s a drag getting old, right?
Damon was a pretty big part of the Yankees offense in 2008. With Jason Giambi now being switched out for Nick Swisher, and with Bobby Abreu probably being switched out for Xaiver Nady, and with Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui coming off major injuries, if Johnny does come up short in 2009 – albeit due to health or something else – it’s going to be a big blow to the Yankees batting attack, in my opinion.