Deciphering The Tigers’ Interest In Damon

THURSDAY, 10:31pm: Damon and Scott Boras are seeking a two-year commitment from the Tigers, according to Lynn Henning of The Detroit News.  Detroit is pushing for a one-year deal and will have to pay $7MM "or more" for his services in 2010.

WEDNESDAY, 9:35am: Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, formerly of the Tigers beat, believes Boras is trying to appeal to owner Mike Ilitch as he did for Ivan Rodriguez and Magglio Ordonez in the past.  Morosi believes a Damon deal with the Tigers "is a distinct possibility."

TUESDAY, 6:25pm: Johnny Damon would play in Detroit, but the Tigers haven't spoken with agent Scott Boras and their level of interest in the left fielder remains unclear. This week Boras told the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press that Damon would play in the Motor City, citing his client's will to win and fondness for manager Jim Leyland.

Boras told the Free Press that he has not spoken with Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers GM told MLive's Steve Kornacki that he has an "open mind" about tinkering with his club. Dombrowski declined to comment further, so we're left without a definite sense of the team's interest.

This much is clear: Boras wants to engage the Tigers and the team is stopping short of ruling Damon out completely.

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