Report: Yankees Considering Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon as Options to Help Fill Designated Hitter Role


The Yankees could be reaching into their past to secure their future designated hitter.

A day after Raul Ibanez emerged as a candidate to fill the role, reports the Yankees have also looked into Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui as left-handed options to rejoin the club as a designated hitter.

Unlike Ibanez, Damon and Matsui have each played for the Yankees and were teammates on the squad that won the 2009 World Series.

Damon, 37, spent four years in pinstripes from 2006 to 2009, batting .285 with 77 home runs and 296 RBIs. Since leaving New York, the former Red Sox outfielder also played for Detroit and Tampa, where he tallied 16 homers and 73 RBIs.

The Yankees gave Matsui, 38, his first shot in the majors. From 2003 to 2009, Matsui belted 140 home runs and 597 RBIs en route to earning All-Star honors twice. After playing for the Angels in 2010, Matsui joined the Athletics and hit 12 homers and 72 RBIs.

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