Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Speaking of contracts, the New York Yankees have landed leadoff hitter Johnny Damon (batting, at left) from their arch-rival Boston Red Sox, offering the 32-year-old center fielder a four-year deal at $13 million a year. Damon had an on-base percentage of .366 and a slugging percentage of .439, along with 18 stolen bases. Yankee fans are ecstatic and Bosox fans are in despair. (Image: Wikipedia GNU License)
Interestingly, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed center fielder and leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton from Philadelphia to a one-year deal at about $4 million. Lofton's on-base percentage last year was .392, with a slugging percentage of .420 and 20 stolen bases. Dodger fans are yawning. Go figure.