Don't count out Tigers' emerging Raburn yet

Updated: February 22, 2010, 5:28 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Fantasy baseball's long winter nightmare ended over the weekend, when Johnny Damon finally agreed to play for the Detroit Tigers. I don't have a ton to say about this move that colleague Tristan Cockcroft didn't ably cover in Saturday's spin. I agree Damon's numbers will look quite a bit more like they did in 2007-08, when he averaged 15 home runs, 67 RBIs and 28 stolen bases and hit .287. Well, he won't run that much, but the point is that he's a good fantasy player who has, in a small sample size, hit very well at Comerica Park (.363 batting average, 189 plate appearances). To me, Damon is still a top-100 fantasy player.

However, as in any February signing when the new team already had plans for others, someone has to lose playing time, and I always feel badly for this fellow. At some point, Felipe Lopez will negatively impact a wide-eyed infielder longing for a chance (David Freese in St. Louis, possibly?), and Rod Barajas' signing with the New York Mets means patient catcher Josh Thole probably has to be patient another year.

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