You wonder what becomes of Johnny Damon in 2010, after this eye-opening season. He's certainly positioned himself well in his walk year, and probably wouldn't have to settle for a one-year deal, unless he wanted to.
So, the Yankees would seem to have a dual argument about Damon.
1. Do you say goodbye and good luck, write his $13 million of your books, assume Melky will be in left, Austin Jackson will be in center, and maybe you pick up another corner OF?
2. Or do you compete for him in the market, offer him a healthy (albeit one-year) deal (with reachable incentives) and put him back in the No. 2 spot, splitting time at left field and DH (assuming you've already said goodbye to Hideki Matsui)?
Unless they have a specific plan, you'd think they have to at least consider a 2010 club with Damon playing 120-plus games.
If Matsui is gone, DH could become a spot where Joe Girardi has Damon penciled in half the time, and Posada a quarter of the time. The rest of the time, the DH would be a spot for A-Rod, Tex, etc., to get a break.
If the Yankees don't make him feel wanted (or if they just don't want him) in '10, Tampa Bay could be an obvious target, close to his home in Orlando, and a contender (that plays the Yanks 18-19 times).