According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, the Yankees are interested in bringing Johnny Damon back to the Bronx. The report states that the Yankees are intending on bringing back Damon to use as a fourth outfielder and occasional DH. 

In 2011, the Yankees will utilize Jorge Posada full time as the DH and are expected to have Gardner, Granderson and Swisher man the outfield, leaving Damon with a bench role in a potential return to the Big Apple. 

Back in 2009, the first season at the new Yankee Stadium, Damon tied a career high with 24 home runs and drove in 82 runs. However, Damon’s numbers dropped off in the Motor City this past season, hitting eight home runs with 51 RBIs in nearly the same number of games played. 

In any situation, Damon would prefer a starting role v. a bench/pinch hitter/occasional starting role. Damon is 429 hits shy of 3000 for his career, and 15 stolen bases shy of 400; numbers that would cement his status as a Hall of Famer. 

Other candidates for Damon’s services include the Boston Red Sox, which would have Damon using him in the same capacity as the Yankees with Crawford, Ellsbury and Drew occupying the outfield.

The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers are another pair of potential landing spots for the 37-year-old outfielder who might use him to a better extent that the AL East foes. 

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