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Will Johnny Damon, Manny produce?

Updated: February 2, 2011, 4:16 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
If Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez are happy, then by golly, I'm happy too. I mean, it's all about happiness, isn't it? In case you missed it, Damon and Ramirez have been reunited as members of the Tampa Bay Rays, and if Tuesday's corny, all-smiles press conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., was any indication, all is well. From a fantasy baseball sense, however, I think all is well really for just one of them.

Heading into the 2010 season, Damon and Ramirez were considered productive players. Granted, they were in decline and on the wrong side of age 35, but they still had mixed-league value. Then Damon disappointed in his lone Detroit Tigers campaign, and Ramirez didn't even seem interested in suiting up for the Los Angeles Dodgers. While Damon is the one getting the larger one-year contract ($5.25 million plus attendance incentives versus a mere $2 million for Ramirez), I don't have much faith he can improve on last season's numbers. Ramirez, however, can still rake, at least when he's motivated. I think Damon's problem is more related to his declining skill set.

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