- Tim Kurkjian, MLB reporter
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Johnny Damon is still looking for a job, and he's perhaps the best free agent still looking. He is a good offensive player coming off a very good offensive season: .282 average, .365 on-base average, .489 slugging percentage and 12 steals (no caught stealing) for a team that won the World Series. He is, by all accounts, a very good teammate, and a good guy in the clubhouse. It seems the biggest reason he didn't return to the Yankees is that he wanted $13 million a year, which is what he made last season. He's not going to get close to that from any team. But he's going to get a job. And it should be for the Cincinnati Reds.