Johnny Damon is looking for work again with less than two weeks left, before the position players are required to report for spring training.
The Yankees apparently have no plans to sign Damon, as they seem to be focused on signing Raul Ibanez as their DH. Damon only needs 267 hits to reach the coveted 3,000 hits mark, but so far he is unsigned this offseason. He is only 38 and won’t be 39 until after the season is over.
Damon still has not lost his speed, having 42 stolen bases, while being caught only 7 times in those 49 attempts over the last three years. He has made over 600 plate appearances, in every season since 1997, which is a streak of 14 years.
It will be interesting to see if Damon’s asking price is too much. If that is the problem he needs to reduce his demands or risk losing his chance to enter the Hall of Fame.
He needs two seasons to reach 3,000 hits, but right now it is not looking good for even one more season.
Vladimir Guerrero, 37, is another potential Hall of Fame candidate, who has no team in the waning days of the offseason. His power number dropped alarmingly in his 2011 season with the Orioles. His home runs fell from 29 to 13 and his RBI total 115 in 2010 dropped to 63 in 2011. Guerrero who has hit well over .300 for most of his career, has been hovering near the .300 mark, in the last four seasons starting in 2007 with seasons of .303, .295, .300 and .290. There is almost no chance of him reaching the 3,000 hit plateau, since he still needs 410 more hits and that would take at least three seasons to reach that goal.
The salary of Guerrero has also been dropping from the $15 million being paid by the Angels in 2009, to $5.5 million by the Rangers in 2010, but did receive $7.6 million from the Orioles in 2011. He is probably receiving even lower offers this offseason. Guerrero may have to decide if he wants to take less and improve his numbers, or hang it up and walk away from the game with the numbers he has already posted.