I'll miss Johnny Damon if we've seen him play his last major league game: the hair, the hustle, that awkward flip of a swing that somehow worked.
You know Damon wants 3,000 hits. He's 277 shy of that total, meaning two seasons of full-time play at last season's level of production (152 hits in 150 games), so he spent the offseason holding out for a full-time job in left field or DH. Of course, he's 38 years old and while he was decently productive a year ago, hitting .261 with 16 home runs for Tampa Bay, he's no longer an asset in left field with his poor arm and diminishing range, so many teams viewed him only as a viable option for DH. Once they Yankees signed Raul Ibanez, that may have closed the door on Damon.
At this point, Damon's best chance of hooking on with somebody is probably depends on whether a major injury occurs during spring training. I just don't see a good fit where he would get any playing time other than as a fourth outfielder/pinch-hitter/part-time DH.
Teams with obviously better or younger options in left and/or designated hitter: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, Tigers, Royals, Rangers, Angels, Nationals, Marlins, Brewers, Cardinals, Pirates, Astros, Diamondbacks, Giants, Rockies, Padres.
Teams that conceivably had options but are locked into other players, such as a high-priced vet: White Sox, A's, Phillies, Mets, Cubs. (I mean, Damon is better than Adam Dunn or Alfonso Soriano or Jason Bay, but those teams aren't willing to punt on the big contracts.)
So that leaves seven teams where Damon could possibly fit. Let's take a quick look at each.
Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles are probably committed to giving Nolan Reimold another shot in left, but right now their best DH option appears to be Wilson Betemit. He has hit well the past two seasons in a part-time role -- .290/.359/.479 -- and has the added benefit of being a small trade chip at the deadline like he was for the Royals last season.
Cleveland Indians: The Indians are a bit of a mess with injury-prone Grady Sizemore in center and injury-prone Travis Hafner at DH. Cleveland should probably give up on the idea of playing Sizemore in center at this point, which moves Sizemore to left and Michael Brantley to center. Shelley Duncan is around as a good platoon guy against left-handed pitching. The Indians probably could have figured out a way to squeeze Damon on to the roster, but there isn't really room unless Hafner or Sizemore goes down for an extended period (and Sizemore is already injured).
Minnesota Twins: Second-year speedster Ben Revere will be in left field, but the Twins don't really have a regular DH. Certainly, Joe Mauer will see time there and Ryan Doumit when he's not filling in for Mauer behind the plate. Chris Parmalee is also around, but he's probably headed to Triple-A if Justin Morneau can go every day at first base. Hard to argue against the logic of using a roster spot on a guy like Doumit instead of Damon.
Seattle Mariners: If we consider Jesus Montero the DH, that pushes Mike Carp to left field and there's no reason to give at-bats to Damon over Carp. If Montero can catch and Carp ends up DHing, that could conceivably open up time in left field, but I don't see how the Mariners could squeeze Damon on to the roster. He's not going to beat out Casper Wells as the fourth outfielder (behind Ichiro Suzuki, Franklin Gutierrez, Carp) and the Mariners may have to carry two catchers besides Montero.
Atlanta Braves: There is a possibility here if the Braves turn Martin Prado into a super-utility guy, playing some third for Chipper Jones, some second for Dan Uggla, some left field. That clears room for Damon to play on a semi-regular basis. I would argue Damon has more value than Matt Diaz, for example.
Cincinnati Reds: Chris Heisey has some power -- 18 home runs in 279 at-bats -- but also posted a .309 OBP. Damon posted a .326 OBP in 2011 for Tampa Bay, but Heisey is the better left fielder. If Damon had been willing to serve as a part-time left fielder, he certainly would have made for a better role player than Ryan Ludwick.
So that may be the end of Damon's quest for 3,000 hits. And certainly the end to the "Is Johnny Damon a Hall of Famer?" debate, a debate that would existed only on the assumption he would reach 3,000 hits.