Report: Johnny Damon clears waivers, eligible to be traded

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Literally hundreds of players will be placed on waivers this month and a high percentage of them will go unclaimed, making them eligible to be traded.

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com Johnny Damon is one of those players, as Tampa Bay successfully passed the left fielder/designated hitter through waivers unclaimed.

Stark notes that the Rays didn’t draw much interest in Damon before the July 31 deadline, but he might become a little more attractive to teams as the pool of available players shrinks.

Of course, his production is also shrinking, as Damon has hit just .262 with nine homers in 108 games for a .704 OPS that ranks as his worst since 2001. At age 37 he certainly fits the “veteran bat” mold that some teams seek, but Damon is 21-for-102 (.206) with zero homers in 25 games since the All-Star break.

At this point the Rays would probably be thrilled to get a mid-level prospect for him.