How much would Johnny Damon help the Yankees?
September 9, 2005 4 Comments
Great analysis by Bob Klapisch on ESPN today, where he talks about the difference between Johnny Damon and Bernie Williams, and quotes UZR! Now let’s look at the difference between the two. Offensively, Damon would add about 20 runs to the Yankees, a difference of two wins. But what about, and this is the big question, defense? Well, using my defensive ratings, which are pretty similar to (though not nearly as good as) UZR, we can answer this question. And what we’ll find is shocking: Damon is 2.8 runs below average while Williams is at -4.4, only 1.6 runs worse than the Sox centerfielder. In other words, offense and defense combined, Damon is worth maybe a little more than two extra wins year over Williams. Which would put the Red Sox and Yankees in a virtual tie for first place.