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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141 Comments on "Deciphering The Tigers’ Interest In Damon"


Guest
5 years 7 months ago

They should do a Damon sign-and-trade with the Yankees

Civilization
5 years 7 months ago

For?

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Nick Johnson? Sergio Mitre? Chad Gaudin? Brett Gardner? 3-Team Deal?

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

Mitre has 0 value.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Questionable.

bucs_lose_again
5 years 7 months ago

Why would the Yankees even sign Nick Johnson if their intent was to turn around and trade him for Damon when they could have just signed Damon? Besides, I think there’s some rule about trading recently signed FA’s.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Well, I think that the Nick Johnson was unnecessary. The Yankees could have just waited out the market until Damon had lowered his price and then signed him then. Maybe not Nick Johnson. But a Brett Gardner or Mark Melancon deal should do it.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 7 months ago

can’t trade Nick until June 1st I believe.

baycommuter
5 years 7 months ago

Granderson, it’s reverse entropy.

bobbleheadguru
5 years 7 months ago

Curtis Granderson

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

The Tigers should stand pat with that offer. They don’t want to commit to two years when a great bunch of outfielders will be on the market next off-season.

jdkladsjl
5 years 7 months ago

makes no sense………
The Yankees would most likely what ? sit him on the bench?
Granderson in Left, Gardner in center, Swisher in right?

BaseballFan0707
5 years 6 months ago

I’m assuming sarcasm.

Or at least hoping.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

No not sarcasim at all…Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth, Brad Hawpe, Jose Guillen, David DeJesus, and Adam Dunn are all on the market next hot stove league.

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

What Damon means is: “Just pay me the most money”.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t see how Damon is an upgrade over Raburn.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Are you serious?

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

Better defense
Can play CF and RF as well as LF
More power
Similar OBP

Only less contact and SB ability

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

you have no idea what you are talking about.

5 years 7 months ago

Actually, I agree. Damon at this point in his career is not an upgrade over Raburn.

JerkyBoy4588
5 years 7 months ago

He does know what he’s talking about. Below is each players UZR and UZR/150 in the outfield last year. You make the choice as to who is who.

-7.8 -36.1
2.9 8.4

In case you don’t know, Damon was the top two. So defensively, Raburn appears to be better. And, like bbxxj said, can play all three of the outfield positions.

Power, they are close to the same along with OBP. Damon hit 24 HRs, 3 3B, 36 2B in 143 games OBP .365. Raburn hit 16 HRs, 2 3B, 11 2B in 113 games. Damon has a minor edge of Raburn OBP .359. Let us also keep in mind though that 19 of Damons 24 HRs came in the new Yankee Stadium, which has become overly talked about being VERY hitter friendly for LH batters.

The only thing Damon has over Raburn is his experience. I completely disagree with you saying his doesn’t know what he’s talking about when in fact he’s way right.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Not at all…Damon has a higher avg w/RISP and is proven…Simple as that. Raburn is quite streaky and All of his Yankee Stadium homers could turn in to doubles at Comerica. I wouldnt take Raburn over Damon for a second and if you would, it’s your opinion.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Alright I’m sorry for the rude comment.

Heliosphan
5 years 7 months ago

UZR FTW! It is a great argument stopper, and you played that ace at the right time. And remember that Raburn had WAY less ABs to hit his 16 bombs, because of low PT in the first half of the year.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

Damon is 37 years old, so it is reasonable to expect his production to decline. Only in the steroid ERA did a players numbers improve in there late 30`s. I like what the Yankees have done. Damon may have priced himself out of a job and he will need to come down in his salary demands.

davegagnon313
5 years 6 months ago

Damon is not 37.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 6 months ago

17 of his 24, actually. =P.

But the guy does know what he is talking about. For a little bit less production in a few areas of offense, you get a significantly better player overall.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

A “Significantly better player” who provides “a little bit less production”?

classic!

BaseballFan0707
5 years 6 months ago

the little bit less production was in terms of his offense. Significantly better in terms of his ability to actually play defense.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

You asked for it:

Outside of Yankee stadium, where both players would be playing in this scenario:

Damon:

UZR/150 in LF: -12.1
.284/.349/.446/.795
308 PA
18 2B
3 3B
7 HR
6 SB

Raburn

UZR/150 in LF: +5.6
.290/.357/.531/.888
292 PA
11 2B
2 3B
16 HR
5 SB

So in nearly the exact same amount of PA Raburn had a higher BA, OBP, SLG, OPS, HR, and better UZR by 17.7 units. Damon on the other hand had more 2B and one more steal. Oh, and Raburn will be 28 and Damon will be 36.

So I have no idea what I am talking about.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

No, Damon is extremely clutch and UZR doesnt matter in this case because Damon is primarily a DH. Ryan Raburn was very streaky and for all of the home runs that Damon wont hit anywhere else will turn in to doubles.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

1. Gona sell me on clutchieness? Ok…

2. Every game Damon plays at DH, both Guillen’s -12.7 UZR/150 in LF and Ordonez’s -5.4 UZR/150 in RF will be out there instead of replacing one with Raburns positive UZR/150. So yeah, Damon’s UZR/150 does matter.

3. HR are better than doubles.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Listen, I wasn’t trying to be mean at all I was just stating my opinion. What you are not getting, is that I think that Damon could still be a Tiger…As can Raburn…In the same lineup everyday. It’s for Jim Leyland to decide but I’m just saying I don’t think it’s fair to say that the Tigers should not sign Damon based on UZR/150. If Raburn was that good, I don’t think there would be any statement from Dave talking about a new left fielder.

Actually, You being a Braves fan…I think that Raburn would be good on the Braves.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

my apologies for the rude comment.

ReverendBlack
5 years 7 months ago

Flawless victory.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

and if Raburn was this good, he would have played all 162 last year.

verlander
5 years 7 months ago

You forget about Carlos Guillen.

davegagnon313
5 years 7 months ago

While Raburn had good numbers this year, he is arguably the worst fielding outfielder in the game. Damon may have a bad arm, but he is a much better LF than Raburn or Guillen is. So he would be obviously be a huge defensive upgrade over our current situation.

Also, Damon is a lefty bat. Of which Detroit is in desperately short supply.

He also has a history of playing every day, which Raburn does not.

He has a proven history of being able to hit at the top of the order. At this moment, there is no reason to assume that either Jackson or Sizemore and his ankle are ready to hit at the top of the order. Say what you want about Damon, but he’ll be on base more than a few times when Miguel Cabrera is at the plate.

An incentive laden 1 yr or 2 yr deal makes a lot of sense. Hope we land Damon.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

The damon who hasnt played more then 143 games the last three years or over 149 the last 5 seasons has “a history of playing every day”? Really?

“While Raburn had good numbers this year, he is arguably the worst fielding outfielder in the game”

Based off the career +5.6 UZR/150 in Left and +7.9 UZR/150 in center? That equals “the worst” now?

Seriously though, what Damon brings to the table is only arguably equal to what Raburn should be able to provide based off recent showing. When the 8 year age gap and roughly 7 MM (per year if they must do 2) cost difference is factored, you have Damon as being nothing but a big waste of money for a Tigers team that has recently shed pieces to save the money they would be straight blowing here.

davegagnon313
5 years 6 months ago

You see Suzys…typically when a major league baseball player has more than 600 plate appearance, he is considered an “every day player.” It’s a term those in baseball use to distinguish between those who play pretty much every single game and those who don’t.

And yes…Statistically speaking (as well as to the naked eye), Ryan Raburn is arguably the worst fielding outfielder in the game. Of all American League LF in 2009 (with at least 20 starts), Raburn placed dead last in fielding percentage…by a mile. He had the same amount of errors as Damon did, in barely one-third of the innings!

He was drafted and came up as a 3b, and later as a 2b, not an outfielder. He just doesn’t look good out there…Who can forget when he let the ball get by him against the Twins last year in game 163? Bottom of the 10th, Tigers up one run, 3 outs from the division. Cuddyer hit a sinking liner into left and instead of fielding it on one hop and holding Cuddyer to a single, Raburn made a horrendous half-dive/half-stumble effort at it and the ball got by him and rolled all the way to the wall. Cuddyer went all the way to third and later scored the tying run. Twins won it later…bye bye division.

That being said, I actually like Raburn. Especially his pop against LHP> But I like him more in the role he played last year, not as–here it is again Suzys–an “every day player.”

BaseballFan0707
5 years 6 months ago

Did you really just say Raburn is arguably one of the worst fielding outfielders in the game…and that Damon is better than him….?

My god, I pray you were being super-sarcastic.

davegagnon313
5 years 6 months ago

Ummm…have you ever watched Raburn play the OF? Obviously not. He had the worst fielding percentage for any American League left fielder (with at least 20 starts) and the 2nd worst in all of baseball (behind only Alphonso Soriano).

Damon has a career .990 fielding percentage and has led the AL in put outs three times.

God I hate being right all the time.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 6 months ago

LOL. You’re quoting fielding percentage as your argument.

You sir are bad at trolling.

http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=2218&position=OF

have fun with those left field numbers.

Civilization
5 years 7 months ago

Here is something no one is considering… If Damon signs with the Tigers (or just away from the Yankees), will he go back to his caveman look? It could effect negotiations!

Yankeefan4life
5 years 7 months ago

Damon had his fully grown beard because it hurt too much to shave it while he was having post concussion symptoms with the Red Sox.

Source: Yankee Years

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

Zero. That should be the Tigers interest in Damon. Dudes desperate and just trying to milk someone for money.

dtownwarrior
5 years 7 months ago

Tigers22, that really is not the case. This is a guy who goes all out everyday he takes the field and it would be a fantastic insurance option for injuries (Ordonez and Guillen) and also if Austin Jackson isn’t quite ready for the big time. Why would we not give him a 1-year deal? It really makes no sense. Dave D and Scott Boras need to get together and make this happen before Spring training, he will fit nicely into the lead off or #2 spot in the order and score atleast 100 runs hitting in front of Cabby and Ordonez.

dtownwarrior
5 years 7 months ago

Tigers22, that is not the case at all! This guy is a proven winner and he is the LH bat with some pop that Detroit needs in that order. We cannot go into the year relying on 2 rookies (Jackson and Sizemore) to get on base consistantly for Miggy and Maggs to drive in. He hits for average, has decent speed and can be a mentor to Austin Jackson, and he also will be a good insurance policy for injuries and if Jackson proves not ready for the bigs. Being a Tigers fan, I also don’t feel terribly comfortable going into the year with Clete “strike out or pop up” Thomas as our extra outfielder. Dave D, if you are listening, MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

Lol yeah right dude… all along he’s been holding out for more money, and now he’s taking this “I can help you win approach”. He’s desperate. And considering he wants to get paid I don’t think he wants to be a 4th outfielder. He also isn’t insurance for Jackson because there is NO way he’s playing center anymore, especially not in Comerica. I’ve said it before we already have enough aging corner outfielders, and they won’t sign him as a full time DH. And yeah I would rather let Clete/Casper Wells/Wilkin Ramirez battle in out in the spring… let one of these guys step up and play up to their full potential. They only way I’d ever like this is if it came VERY cheaply, but if he was going to sign cheap he would’ve went back to NY. I just really don’t want them to spend their money on him.

JerkyBoy4588
5 years 7 months ago

You just beat me to the punch…

I completely agree. I think Ramirez has some major potential and has the speed to be able to let Jackson play more Right-Center to make up for the speed Maggs is losing.

dtownwarrior
5 years 7 months ago

Oops, look at it twice! It makes more sense the more you read it!!! LOL

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

It’s different though…

danks50
5 years 7 months ago

In asked how Damon’s bat would profile in Comerica Park super agent Scott Boras had the following to say, “Johnny Damon’s .363 batting average .412 on base % and .961 on base + slugging speaks for itself. We fully believe those numbers could be sustained throughout the season. He has also stolen 30+ bases as recently as 2003.”

When asked about one year deals he replied with the following, “That’s something we now realize we need to take into consideration. Let the bidding begin at $12,999,999.99.”

JerkyBoy4588
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, and those stats are also from the 40 games below .500 Tiger teams too…

redsandyanksfan
5 years 7 months ago

As i said before damon screwed himself by not resigning with the yanks and now he is desperate to play for anyone hint the term i would love to play with them , i love damon as a person and player but it wouldnt bother me if he had to sit out for a while and you cant blame it all on boras because damon could have stepped in like arod did

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 7 months ago

If we can get Damon at 2 years 12MM I’d take him. 1) He is the leadoff/2-hole hitter they need that can steal bases. 2) Has ample playoff experience 3) Sells tickets 4) Is a good replacement for Magglio when he leaves after this season. 5) He insures Magglio leaves this season. (Guillen and Magglio will most likely platoon. 6) Detroit doesnt lure a ton of free agents. By grabbing Valverde for 7MM Damon for 6MM, they still have 37MM of next years 50MM to spend. They need a left-fielder (Crawford 20MM), ss (Everett 2MM), 3b (resign Inge-8MM), and maybe a veteran starting pitcher (7MM). Assuming one of those is filled with a prospect, they still have plenty of money and a vastly improved team.

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 7 months ago

Detroit 2011 team

LF Carl Crawford
RF Johnny Damon
1b MCab
C Avila (I can only dream)
DH Carlos Guillen
3b Inge
CF A-Jax
2b Sizemore
SS Everett

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

With the money we’re freeing up they can field a much better team then just adding Damon and Crawford next year. I’d be all for the Crawford idea but Damon isn’t the answer for this team. And Avila as the cleanup hitter in his 2nd year is pretty ambitious, even if it is just you dreaming

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 7 months ago

I agree, the only thing is Carlos Guillen is guaranteed to be here in 2011. I can’t justify them playing him in the OF. How about…..

LF Carl Crawford 18MM
RF Damon/Rayburn 6MM(so what, he’s the one weak spot in the defense, jackson will cover some of his ground)
DH Miguel Cabrera
1b Carlos Pena 12MM
3b Carlos Guillen (he can play infield and they have to pay him 11MM. Inge is a free agent)
CF A-Jax
2b Scott Sizemore
C Avila
SS Everett/Iorg/Santiago

P Verlander (Remaining $$ spent on extension)
P Scherzer
P Porcello
P Crosby
P Turner/Gallaraga
Closer Valverde
Bullpen
Coke
Schelereth
Perry
Zumaya
Miner

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah man Damon in right just won’t work. He throws like my little sister. That lineup is a bit more realistic but I’d like to see them add another bat than just Crawford. Maybe a shortstop. And Turner probably won’t be around next year. They say hes not taking the Porcello track and will need more time. I think they sign a veteran starter for a year or 2 to pitch in the 4 slot and have Crosby at 5.

bucs_lose_again
5 years 7 months ago

Damon in Right Field? Guys would be scoring from first on singles to right field. Laughable at best.

PujolsHollidayWestbrook
5 years 7 months ago

I was at Fenway during a Yankee/Sox game last year and I saw the best shirt ever! It said: “Looks like Jesus, Acts like Judas, Throws like Mary!” If that doesn’t sum up Johnny D, I don’t know what does!

mstrchef13
5 years 7 months ago

Wow. You can’t seriously be considering playing Damon in RF. That might be the outfield with the weakest set of throwing arms in the history of baseball.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

You may want to add to that lineup. The Tigers have ALOT of money coming off the books.

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 7 months ago

im also factoring in that they will have extended verlander which will take up alot more money.

jdkladsjl
5 years 7 months ago

lmao wow. Damon in right? a 300 pound man could score on damons little girl arm..keep dreaming with this lineup

redsandyanksfan
5 years 7 months ago

your talking about the damon who said he wont take a paycut? lol but the yankees offered him 2 for 14 and he still didnt take it

dtownwarrior
5 years 7 months ago

With the numbers that he put up last year he WOULD help this team win!! What is he saying that is not true?? He would make this team drastically different. Do you feel comfortable with Austin Jackson leading off when he hasn’t even taken a major league at bat? How about Scott Sizemore hitting in the 2 hole in the same situation, never even looking at a big league pitch?? And if he signed, he would not be a 4th outfielder. Carlos Guillen would be the near full time DH and also would be extremely valuable as a part time infielder. Let’s not forget that Scott Sizemore broke his ankle not too long ago in the AFL and Brandon Inge will only get about 2 weeks of Spring Training after knee surgery so he will be starting slow in April. You cannot argue with the numbers that this guy has put up, and he is healthy, which is a huge plus at 36 years old. I do agree with you Tigers22 b/c I want to see what Wilkin Ramirez and Casper Wells can do, but if the Tigers are going to win, you CANNOT fully count on all of your youth to gel at the same time. Atleast one or two of these guys are going to struggle and need more seasoning in the minors, its just the way it goes. If Austin Jackson and Scott Sizemore are the Tigers #1 and #2 hitters in the lineup, you can count on the fact that Miguel Cabrera’s streak of 100+ RBI seasons is over and so is the Tigers chances of a division winner this year. Let Jackson bat in the 6 hole and get comfortable in his new surroundings and sign Damon for 1 year at $6 mil with incentives and a club option for 2011. With all the $$$ coming off the books next year, this way the club can decide whether he played good enough to stay or tell him to use the heal-toe express out of Detroit. What do they have to lose? We have spent a TON of dumber $$$ in the past 5 years (Willis, Robertson, Sheffield, Bonderman, etc, etc, etc) than it would take to get this done!

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

Dude, there’s no way Jackson and Sizemore will hit 1-2. These guys aren’t Granderson and Polanco. We can see it and Leylands even said it probably won’t happen. They are smart enough not to rely on 2 rookies at the top of the order. IF they both start I’d see them trying Jackson at leadoff, and Sizemore at 7 or 8.

mstrchef13
5 years 7 months ago

“Johnny Damon would play in Detroit”

At this point, Damon will play anywhere that pays him enough money. I wonder, based on past history, whether it was Damon’s ego that led him to turn down the Yankees offer, or Boras telling him that he was worth more and that he’d get more somewhere else. Another case of an agent misreading the market.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 7 months ago

The only logical reasons to NOT sign Damon has ZERO to do with his ability to hit. With Damon you are getting a legit leadoff hitter and professional hitter. The ONLY reason why the Tigers SHOULDN’T sign Damon is because of where they are this year. Obviously thru the trades of Grandy and Jackson they are not going all out to win this year. Identify what 2010 should be….a transition year. And if that is what they are committed to them it makes no sense to dedicate 500 + AB to Damon when you have talented players like Rayburn, Ramirez and Thomas who need at bats to grow and show what they have. 2010 should be a “re-tooling” year for the Tigers in preperation for the exodus of horrible contracts that will come of the books at the end of the year. Figure out what you have in your mlb ready talent and then supplement what’s missing with smart acquisitions and signings next winter and the Tigers can be on top once again.

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

I would do this if I were Detroit:

1. Jackson CF
2. Sizemore 2B
3. Ordonez RF/DH
4. Cabrera 1B
5. Guillen LF/DH
6. Inge 3B
7. Raburn LF/RF
8. Laird C
9. Everett SS

Pitch, play defense and don’t be afraid to go young when the talent is there (like I believe it is in Sizemore and Jackson)

JerkyBoy4588
5 years 7 months ago

99% agree with this. I’d like to see an Avila/Laird platoon at C so Avila can get the experience in and work his way to being an everyday catch. Other than that, perfect.

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

Switch Sizemore and Raburn and I agree. I think it will end up looking a lot like that.

dtownwarrior
5 years 7 months ago

This would be a terrific lineup for Detroit in 2011 – Just a thought1. RF – Carl Crawford2. DH – Johnny Damon3. 1B – Miguel Cabrera (Would have 150 RBI’s with these guys in front of him)4. LF – Ryan Strieby (You heard it here first, this kid will tear it up this year in AAA and is a STUD! Have seen him play and the sky is the limit)5. 2B – Scott Sizemore (This kid is the real deal)6. CF – Austin Jackson7. SS – Jhonny Peralta (2011 FA)8. 3B – Brandon Inge 9. C – Alex AvilaStarting Pitchers1. RHP – Justin Verlander2. LHP – Cliff Lee (2011 FA and we will have ALOT of extra $$$)3. RHP – Rick Porcello4. RHP – Max Scherzer5. LHP – Casey CrosbyBullpenRHP – Ryan Perry LHP – Daniel SchlerethRHP – Robbie Weinhardt (Future closer with filthy stuffRHP – Cody Satterwhite (Also filthy rotten stuff)RHP – Joel Zumaya (If healthy, BIG IF???)LHP – FuTe Ni (Had awesome rookie year in 09 and will get better)Closer RHP – Jose Valverde (For now)

YanksFanSince78
5 years 7 months ago

Please tell me that’s not the lineup. Austin jackson batting 6th? Ryan Streiby batting 4th behind Cabrera? Damon at age 37 DH’ing? A better thought would be…

By position:

1B- Carlos Pena
2B- Scott Sizemore
SS- ????
3B- Pedro Feliz (Go cheap, go for defense)
C- Alex Avila
LF-Ryan Rayborn
RF- Miguel Ordonez (if option vests). Werth if it doesn’t.
CF-Austin Jackson
DH-Miguel Cabrera

Cliff Lee, Brandon Webb, Josh Beckett or Chein-Ming Wang if healthy (Add a #1 or #2 to the rotation).

JerkyBoy4588
5 years 7 months ago

I’m really hoping this is some sort of joke.

verlander
5 years 7 months ago

??? at SS made me laugh.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

sounds good.

waterfallguy59
5 years 7 months ago

I would sign him for 5 mill for 1 year; with a CLUB option for 2011 – but no more money or years.
If the Tigers stink by the all-star game; we could trade him, Maggs, Guillen etc to ditch payroll and play the kids – Wilkin & Casper until 2011.

Detroitchik
5 years 7 months ago

Why would you pull Maggs from the lineup and DH Guillen? Career wise Maggs has better numbers than Guillen and Guillen has also spent more time on the DLMaggs:BA .312OBP .371OPS .884Guillen:BA.287OBS.308OPS.805Just trying to make sense of that. Obviously Ordonez is older, but Guillen is declining much more rapidly than Maggs. Lose Guillen. Keep Maggs. Something tells me he’s going to play well this year.

JerkyBoy4588
5 years 7 months ago

Maggs will play much better this year. He (hopefully) isn’t going to have all of the drama that surrounded him this past season. Guillen is washed up and needs to go. I will be happy when Guillen, Robertson and Willis are all gone next year and they resign Inge and Bondo to much smarter contracts.

mistermonkey
5 years 7 months ago

I hear you on Robertson and Willis, but Guillen’s signed through 2011.

JerkyBoy4588
5 years 7 months ago

Is he? I was thinking he was gone to.. my bad!

mistermonkey
5 years 7 months ago

I wish! But maybe he’ll surprise us and stay healthy?

JerkyBoy4588
5 years 7 months ago

That would be a miracle. If he could stay healthy for more than a quarter of the season, he could help us out a lot… but I’m really not counting on that.

bambino84
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t see why Detroit would want to sign him because they seem to be in a rebuilding stage. Then again his presents might be good for the younger players and am sure they could learn a lot for him. Still think that if he drops to a reasonable number the Yankees might sign him at the last min.

mistermonkey
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t think that the Tigers are necessarily in rebuilding stage. I mean, they signed Valverde as their closer for a lot of money. But Damon is probably not the right way to go anyway unless he’s $5M or less and it’s only for 1 year.

verlander
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t think they’re in a strictly rebuilding phase. I think they’re trying to retool while trying to contend at the same time.

danks50
5 years 7 months ago

This discussion is a joke, taking a guy in Carl Crawford who has been ranked the top left fielder in the league and moving him around to accommodate prospects makes no sense, as well as crazy lineup projections left and right.

Even though the AL Central will not be a powerhouse division I like bbxxj ideas the best as it would probably be wise to play their prospects to see what they have on a major league level before they shed all that salary next year and presumably make a big splash. Signing Damon may be a quick fix for the top of their order but would it really make that much sense considering 2 out of Damon, Guillen, or Singglio get pushed to everyday time in the outfield. Even without a powerhouse team in this division I don’t know its in the Tigers best interest to burn money for a free agent when they still have offensive holes / question marks at center, 2nd, short, catcher and as a result push aging veterans into playing the field everyday.