Consider the following two statistical performances over the same time period by two different former Yankee outfielders:
As an experiment of sorts, in your head right now choose which player you would pick if you were forced to do so (I realize ideally you wouldn’t want either of these outputs from your offense). Got it? Click more to find out who the players are.
Here are the former Yanks:
Player A = Johnny Damon
Player B = Melky Cabrera
Time Frame : Aug 27, 2006 through April 19th, 2008
The Yankees outfield wasn’t pretty during that stretch, huh? So when we say let’s thank Damon for four wonderful years, let’s keep in mind that over 31% of his plate appearances here, consecutively, were played like Melky Cabrera with a weak arm, making $13 million/year.