Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Damon and Ramirez will officially be Rays on Tuesday
Posted Jan 31, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jan 31, 2011 at 07:14 PM
BY ROGER MOONEY
The worst-kept secret in baseball will become official at noon Tuesday – High noon? – when the Rays officially announce the signings of Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez.
Damon will play left field and likely bat at or near the top of the order.
Ramirez has the potential to give the Rays a big bat at DH they’ve lacked since the first half off 1999 when Jose Canseco hit a major league-high 31 home runs before a back injury sent him to the disabled list.
No Rays DH has batted above .268. In fact, Rays DHs have finished 10th or worse in batting in the American League in 10 of the Rays 13 years.
Canseco was the only Rays DH to hit more than 30 home runs.
Ramirez reportedly accepted a $2 million, one-year deal.
Damon’s one-year contract is reportedly worth $5.25 million plus incentives.