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With Johnny Damon taking all of the offseason to decide where to play and now wearing another uniform, it seems like it is a good time to look back at Johnny in pinstripes.

For the most part, Johnny was everything Yankees fans expected, he even saved the Yankees from having Bubba Crosby start the 2006 season as the starting CF’er (phew). Granted, no one really expected him to field like Mike Cameron, but as long as he was about league average, no one complained. Over time his throwing arm became atrocious, however, his bat was good enough for fans to forgive him for his transgressions in the field.

2006

Damon’s first year was as good as anyone could have expected as Damon hit .285 with 24 HR’s, 80 RBI’s while swiping 25 bases. This was also the last full year Johnny would play in center for the Yankees.

2007

This year was Damon’s worst year since 2003 as he hit .270 with 12 HR’s and 63 RBI’s — a far cry from his production in 2006. Some would attribute this to nagging leg injuries that he had through the year and some would attribute it to his thoughts of retirement. (more…)

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2009 was a short season for Brett — and no, we’re not talking about his height — due to injury. However, he hit .270 in his limited time and played a decent centerfield. Out of spring training Brett had won the starting job in center field, Bubba Crosby be damned. Unforunately, his starting job didn’t last too long.

Looking ahead to 2010: Brett likely will be in some sort of a battle with Randy Winn for the starting job in left field even though some reports indicate that Winn is just a bench piece. Either way, I see Gardner being the starter as long as he can hit the ball and historically, if everything holds up, his average will rise this year. This year, if Gardner is the starter in left, expect Winn or Marcus Thames to possibly platoon in against lefties. The Daily News has also indicated that he has taken time out of his spring training to work on his bunting. About time, eh?

2010 Projection: .280, 6 HR, 50 RBI, 40 SB

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Before Brian Cashman left the Winter Meetings in Indy yesterday, he had these things to say (Hat tip to Mark Feinsand):

On Hoffmann: “We feel he’s got great makeup, he’s got ability and we project him in the future as an everyday type player. We have all those lefthanded bats, so it will be interesting to see how he mixes in.”

On what he’s looking to do next: “I’m open to an array of choices right now. Depending on what the market values are, I could gravitate to bullpen if I feel like the starting stuff is so expensive. I could gravitate to position players that come into a territory that makes sense, or I could hold.”

On the Yankees’ DH spot: “Juan Miranda could be our DH if we wanted him to. We have Jorge Posada, Mark Teixeira, A-Rod; guys who can swing over on their days of rest. We have people we can play in that position internally right now. I’m not trying to oversell anyboduy, but Juan Miranda will do a nice job against righthanded pitching as a DH if that’s what we have to do. Is that the right way to go? I think the market will dictate that.”

On whether he would move any more prospects in trades: “I’m hesitant to move certain young players because of what they can do for us in the here and now or in the future and the salary off-set they provide. At the same time, for the right player, I’ll move anybody.”

On whether he would wait out the market for a Bobby Abreu-like bargain before spring training: “Patience could benefit you, or it might not. You can wait something out and see if it falls in your lap, but by doing that, you risk not getting something maybe you want or feel you have to have. It’s risky for us to play that game if we really want something.”

On Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain: “They’re starters right now, without a doubt. They’re going to prepare as starters. The relief stuff? That’s a layup. That’s not something that’s hard to do; the starting stuff is hard, so we’ll gear them up as starters. If we decide to change that at some point, no big deal.”

On the trade market: “I’ve had my trade discussions with various teams, and the price tags are what they are. I’m not in position right now to execute any free-agent signings or trades that I would recommend.”

On his feelings leaving the meetings with Andy Pettitte and Curtis Granderson done: “I never feel good about anything, to be honest. You make those decisions and hope they work out, but until you play through it, you don’t know how it’s going to play. We hope this stuff makes us better.

Also, I’m not so sure the Yankees are going to find a Bobby Abreu like bargain close to spring training…

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