Dodgers Interested In Damon, Multiple Catchers

The Dodgers have outfielder Johnny Damon on their radar, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  They're also in contact with "virtually every free agent catcher," including Jason Varitek, Rod Barajas, A.J. Pierzynski, and Miguel Olivo.  They're trying to hammer out a deal with Russell Martin prior to Thursday's non-tender deadline; the Dodgers will not risk going to arbitration with him.

Martin is at least a week away from running and maybe six weeks away from baseball activities, says Rosenthal.  Martin is recovering from an August hip fracture; his agent Matt Colleran gave MLBTR an update last week.  Martin would still be at $4MM if the Dodgers cut his salary by the maximum, something Colleran would presumably reject anyway.

As Rosenthal notes, Damon might be an awkward fit for the Dodgers in left field since he logged fewer than 300 outfield innings in 2010.  On the other hand, the Dodgers put up with Manny Ramirez in left field for over 1,100 innings across the 2009-10 seasons. 

The Dodgers have been aggressive this offseason, committing over $71MM to Ted Lilly, Juan Uribe, Hiroki Kuroda, Jon Garland, and Jay Gibbons.


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76 Comments on "Dodgers Interested In Damon, Multiple Catchers"


nzmrmn
4 years 8 months ago

First rule of a battered ballclub in complete disarray: go out and SPEND SPEND SPEND like drunken sailors on every free agent who picks up the phone.

4 years 8 months ago

complete disarray is a bit of an overstatement. the dodgers had the best record in baseball in June, and were 3 games from the world series in ’08 and ’09.

i have a good feeling about this team this year, not great, but good. and man i hope damon and varitek are nowhere near the ravine come april.

nzmrmn
4 years 8 months ago

That was pre-McDivorce, though.

4 years 8 months ago

I didnt know Frank and Jamie McCourt actually played on the field.

55saveslives
4 years 8 months ago

Apparently Jamie “plays the field”!!

4 years 8 months ago

Hilarious!!

Johnny_Felix
4 years 8 months ago

ha ha ha 55 with the shoot and score…well done

Slopeboy
4 years 8 months ago

… And she has a better arm than Damon!!

4 years 8 months ago

having the best record in baseball this past june was post-divorce. and i don’t think that had anything to do with on the field play.

Jason_F
4 years 8 months ago

Seeing as they went 14-13 in June, I highly doubt that was the best record in baseball for that month. I’m assuming you meant May (even though you said June twice and didn’t bother to look it up), when they went 20-8. In all reality, though, I think that month was the anomaly when you consider that in the other 5+ months of the season (which constitutes 83% of the regular season games) they went 60-74.

So, let me get this straight…you have a good feeling about this team that has basically just re-signed the same guys they had and added Juan Uribe and Jon Garland, don’t have a catcher and also won’t have any production from Manny Ramirez?

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

A few notes.1.) Lilly was not with the Dodgers for most of the season in 2010. He effectively replaces Padilla, who himself missed half the season in 2010.2.) Garland is replacing a collection of #5 starters that included the likes of Haeger, Ely, Monasterios, Ortiz and McDonald that pitched to an ERA over 6.50 with over 20 losses in 2010.So despite Lilly being “resigned”, he and Garland should make a significant difference over the course of the 2011 season.Uribe is no doubt an upgrade from the combination of DeWitt and Theriot the Dodgers had at 2B in 2010.Martin’s production in 2010 was so dismal that whoever the Dodgers sign for C should be able to reproduce it.And, while Manny is a loss, he was also only on the field for half the season. There are a number of free agent LFers that should be able to surpass the production provided by Podsednik and Paul in Manny’s absence in 2010. Jay Gibbons could even be that guy.Plus, the off-season is far from over. There are quite a few options for the Dodgers to upgrade at 1B relatively cheaply.

4 years 8 months ago

They may have dropped some coin this offseason (not that it makes up for some poor moves in the past by Coletti) but they’ve vastly improved 2B and they have a starting rotation that’s better than most now.

Infield Fly
4 years 8 months ago

Looks like Russell Martin may be packing his bags while he negotiates.

OCSportsGeek
4 years 8 months ago

LAA – – Send Napoli to Dodgers for….? Talk amongst yourselves.

4 years 8 months ago

why are Angels fans so willing to dump Mike Napoli? porobably for the same reasons Dodger fans get on Russell J.Martin.

durf81
4 years 8 months ago

How about send Napoli to the White Sox…

Rich_in_NJ
4 years 8 months ago

Over a two year time horizon, I suspect that Damon would have made more money if he had accepted the Yankees’ two year $14m contract offer last year.

Steven St Croix
4 years 8 months ago

I think that LA should trade for Chris Snyder and split his 6 mill with the Pirates. He always rakes in LA and he is above average behind the plate.

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

yeah, after releasing Delwyn Young and Andy LaRoche, the Pirates need to replenish their stock of Dodger cast-aways. How about Scott Elbert and Chin Lung Hu?

HHHDMS
4 years 8 months ago

LA is JEALOUS and desperate because they cant do what the SF Giants did and win a world series , let alone beating the Phillies..
you cant fault them for improving but its only to out-man their SF rivals…

Infield Fly
4 years 8 months ago

Wow! Sore WINNER??

HHHDMS
4 years 8 months ago

nope – but the Dodgers are one of my least favorite teams..

HHHDMS
4 years 8 months ago

nope – but the Dodgers are one of my least favorite teams..

4 years 8 months ago

uhh.. not quite. Until last year, the Giants were horrible. Lets go back the last 5 years, and see how many games the Dodgers have been in first place, compared to the Giants. Congratulations on a fine World Series championship, but in no way shape or form, is this Dodger fan, or any other Dodger fan that I know, jealous. In fact, if anything, Im glad you beat the Phillies.

HHHDMS
4 years 8 months ago

well i dont expect a Dodger fan to admit anything like that…

Reaper87
4 years 8 months ago

and if you go to the 5 years to start this decade, the giants were ahead of the dodgers all the time. sample size is pretty convenient, huh?

dusto
4 years 8 months ago

Yes, because that is the focus of our intent… I’m pretty sure it was the other way around. I’m certain it was, particularly if you watched the world series. I love how you can go to Dodger Stadium and enjoy a Dodger dog. But the focus of a game in SF is “BEAT LA”.

4 years 8 months ago

When you spend $7 million on a utility player posing as a starting 2B, this is what you have to do to fill the roster. Sigh.

4 years 8 months ago

7 million for a power hitting utility is actually a good thing, and a great fit for this club. This could be Furcals, and Blakes last years as Dodgers. He wont be a ”utility” guy with the Dodgers, he will be in that lineup everyday.

4 years 8 months ago

7 million for a power hitting utility is actually a good thing, and a great fit for this club. This could be Furcals, and Blakes last years as Dodgers. He wont be a ”utility” guy with the Dodgers, he will be in that lineup everyday.

carlos
4 years 8 months ago

damon is puzzling. if he is in fact not a full time player why bring him in to platoon with gibbons. i guess that means gibbons will be the bat off the bench to spell the outfield once in a while and loney at first. i dont see martin staying. he wont take a pay cut, i think his pride wont let him.

4 years 8 months ago

Russ is a Dodger.. simply put. The dude loves it here, and I think he really wants to stay.

dusto
4 years 8 months ago

Martin is about a 2 WAR player and should get about 7-8 million. I just dont think LA will give it to him.

dusto
4 years 8 months ago

Martin is about a 2 WAR player and should get about 7-8 million. I just dont think LA will give it to him.

4 years 8 months ago

Martin seems to be a non-tender and re-sign for the Dodgers. If you pair him with someone like Olivo, at the end of the day you’d have pretty good production from your catcher’s spot: Martin bringing the OBP, Olivo the power, and good defense behind the plate from both of them. The only problem would be convincing the two of them to forgo an outright starting job for the good of the team when both of them could be starters elsewhere.

carlos
4 years 8 months ago

no way in hell they can afford both. martin would be better to keep. he has chemistry with the pitching staff already. some of these guys came up in the minors together. like the obp. maybe they can convince varitek to be a backup or let him retire.

4 years 8 months ago

I hope Martin resigns, but if he dosent, I think A.J. Pierznski would be a great fit. You want to talk about intangibles? AJ is probably the smartest baseball man, on the field or in the clubhouse, on any given day. I bet in 10 years, we will be talking about AJ being one of the best managers in the game as well. Giants, White Sox (shoot, even Angel fans) should know this.

I think Damon would be a really good fit here too, though I dont really like him all that much as a player. Johnny Damon and Jay Gibbons would be fun to watch in left.. LOL, but he is the kind of veteran presence that the Dodgers really need.

TwinsVet
4 years 8 months ago

On what exactly are you basing this massive praise of AJ?

He’s a fierce competitor, and an absolute jerk to opposing players. He seems to be well-liked enough by teammates.

But I’ve never heard him described as “smart”, let alone “smartest”.

4 years 8 months ago

Ask Jim Bowden..

grabarkewitz
4 years 8 months ago

At the end of the day, if your catcher is AJ, you could do worse. I would prefer working out something with Martin, but I don’t see that happening as I think his agent thinks someone will throw $7 million at him. As for Damon, Ned proves the old adage that a fool and his money will soon be parted. Either that or Ned wants to say he has acquired the three weakest arms in baseball in his time as GM. Already had Pierre and Scotty Pods, might as well make it a trifecta with Damon.

grabarkewitz
4 years 8 months ago

Do you mean fun like, ball hitting each on the head fun or listening to Nancy B play the Benny Hill theme when each is chasing a ground ball to the fence?

4 years 8 months ago

both.. LOL

4 years 8 months ago

I got to do a Dodger stadium tour 2 weeks ago and got to sit at Nancy Bs organ. That was fun.. shes the best!

TwinsVet
4 years 8 months ago

I like to think Tim got really excited saying “Ted Lilly! Juan Uribe! Hiroki Kuroda! Jon Garland!”… then just kind of muttered… “and jay gibbons.”

BrocNessMonster
4 years 8 months ago

We have no use for Damon, unless it’s a minor league deal.

mrmoss
4 years 8 months ago

Johnny Damon will end up back at the Royals in 2011

4 years 8 months ago

I’d rather have Gibbons in left than Damon. Gibbons hit bombs last year.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 8 months ago

He has the ugliest swing, but he can crush the ball. I’m glad he’s returning. Hopefully he will be in a bench role though.

neoncactus
4 years 8 months ago

Please, Ned, drop the checkbook and walk away. Yes, Damon is a veteran, but what offense he can give them is questionable. Meanwhile, he has a poor arm and he bats left handed, so you can’t even platoon him with Gibbons. I’d rather have Francouer and do a platoon if you can’t do better than that.

4 years 8 months ago

Dodgers should trade for one of the Nationals catchers. They have Jesus Flores, Wilson Ramos, and that first overall draft pick they picked up in June. So I would think Flores and Ramos may be available? Flores is coming off of an injury plagued season but he can hit and Ramos was the backup to Mauer and will be real good. We need to dump Martin. I don’t know how such a great hitter like Martin used to be can be so horrible now.

Philip Marlowe
4 years 8 months ago

Isn’t Harper going to be playing RF? I agree that the Nats have a surplus of catchers, though, because they’ve got Marrero too

4 years 8 months ago

i would rather have hawpe or kubel than damon

Max Jackson
4 years 8 months ago

Damon brings a great veteran presence to the outfield, but…who cares? Really. The Dodgers just signed Lilly, Uribe, and Gibbons.I’d rather have Xavier Paul in LF and save the money especially if it’s heading towards Boras’s camp. Just do a count on good vs. bad deals the Dodgers have done with Boras. It’s staggering. He should own shares of Dodgers’ stock if it were available.If the Dodgers have to sign somebody, get somebody with knees under 36 y.o. for crying out loud.

ThinkBlue311
4 years 8 months ago

I think as Dodgers fan’s we can all agree that when it come’s to Russell Martin “it is what it is” We all want him to stay, but we know we don’t want another question mark this season when it comes to Russell’s bat. We have a the chance right now with McCheap opening up the wallet to sign a Catcher who can give us a better shot offensively. Russell cant even run for six more weeks let alone perform any Catcher activity’s, and here we are hoping we sign the guy. Is it Time to let go? I hope not, but to me the only way we can keep him on the team is to non-tender him and have him sign as a free agent for cheap. He does not have to prove him self to us, he has a lot to prove to him self and hopefully he wont want to much of our money to do it. I know Russell has played 3rdbase so maybe he can be our utility Catcher ” we all know we’d rather have Russell than A.J Ellis” and give Casey Blake all his days off at third. I also think the Dodgers need to after Brad Hawpe, he could be cheap an under the radar kind of guy. He plays left and he’s had a history off hitting great at Dodgers Stadium.

snapcase8p
4 years 8 months ago

Haha, when I first read this I quickly scanned Juan and Damon and I thought man the visiting team’s 3rd base coach is going to have rotator cuff injuries due to sending every runner. Then I realized it was Uribe and not Pierre. That would be one ugly outfield.