The New York Daily News is considering Johnny Damon for DH

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I put the headline that way because, really, there’s not much in this story to suggest that the Yankees are considering him nearly as much as the Daily News is.

The headline: “Yankees may bring back free agent Johnny Damon to play him as designated hitter.”  If you read the story, however, the basis for this is (a) the Yankees don’t have a set DH yet; and (b) Johnny Damon is capable of playing DH:

While a return to New York for Johnny Damon is possible, it is far from imminent. According to one source, the Yankees “haven’t evaluated our options or preferences yet”

Not that it couldn’t happen. Anything could happen and the Yankees could do worse than giving Damon a one-year deal.  There’s just no suggestion in the story at all that anyone in a position to do anything about it is, you know, actually considering it.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.