Johnny Damon Rumors: Saturday

Pitchers and catchers report next week, but Johnny Damon still doesn't have a home for the 2010 season. ESPN's Buster Olney hears that "at least one team which might have extended an offer has no expectation that [Damon] would actually take a two-year offer; rather, part of the negotiation with that team is that he would take only that one year." 

Olney says that executives involved in the negotiations expect Damon to eventually accept a one-year deal worth $7MM with some deferred money, so his people can say he turned down a two-year deal. Meanwhile, Drew Sharp of The Detroit Free Press wonders if Scott Boras is just using the Tigers to create a market for Damon when one doesn't exist. 

If Damon has in fact received a two-year offer worth $14MM from the Tigers, I can't see how he could turn that down at this point.


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88 Comments on "Johnny Damon Rumors: Saturday"


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avpisano
5 years 4 months ago

If he wants to win and be near his fam he signs with Atl. If its all about money and most Yankees and x Yankees are most often about that he signs with Detroit.

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DarthVader87
5 years 4 months ago

I think he will sign with the Tigers by Wednesday. Nobody else seems interested enough.

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NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 4 months ago

Dun dun dun! What a twist! — What a twit is more like it.

These teams don’t have the money and don’t need Damon. Making a fuss about a market that doesn’t exist, but I still think he’ll get a 7 mil deal as I projected last week. Boras may make everyone annoyed to no end, but he’ll get his guy some money by any means neccesary.

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Ryatt
5 years 4 months ago

Why would he want to go to Detroit? Looks like they are offering more than the market demand and still can’t get a commitment. I can’t see the White Sox caving in to a 2nd year, but they can certainly find the 7m it will take for one year. If the Braves can find a way to get there, that’s his most logical spot amongst these suiters as he gets to play LF and lead off plus be near his Orlando home, especially during spring training. With the Sox he gets to play on a team with a top 5 pitching staff and his numbers should still be good in a hitters park. In Detroit his numbers will go down from a bad hitters park, the team isn’t very good and he gets to live in Detroit.

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tigers22
5 years 4 months ago

“In Detroit his numbers will go down from a bad hitters park, the team isn’t very good and he gets to live in Detroit.”

I’ll agree with the first one. The team isn’t all that bad, and it’s not like he’d be living in the heart of the D man. People around here like to rip on Detroit as a city, but I don’t think you understand that the suburbs in metro Detroit has some VERY nice areas to live

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NYBravosFan10
5 years 4 months ago

I think Detroit gets a bad reputation from all the media information about how it’s so bad and all that. I’m sure Detroit is exactly like any other big city. There are some bad parts and some good parts. Same with Atlanta. Bad parts in the inner city, but the area i stayed in when i visited there was a suburb 15 mins outside the city and it was gorgeous.

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sunking1056
5 years 4 months ago

Atlanta suburbs make me want to kill myself.

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NYBravosFan10
5 years 4 months ago

alright then

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NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 4 months ago

The only thing bad is the commute. The whole area has great history and a lot of Mom & Pop stores. Kennesaw Mountain and Marietta on one end and Stone Mountain on the other. The Summers are hot, but the Winters aren’t freezing. It’s a nice and beautiful place to live. Kennesaw was dubed one of the top 10 cities to live in not many years ago.

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sunking1056
5 years 4 months ago

It’s definitely a personal preference thing. I’ve lived in Atlanta basically my entire life and I could never ever imagine living in the burbs. Everything I want is in the city and I hate driving. But to each his or her own, certainly.

Oh and I want Damon… baseball…

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disgustedcubfan
5 years 4 months ago

His home is in Orlando.
He will rent a condo from April thru September in the town he plays in.
It is about the length of the deal and the $$$$

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Ryatt
5 years 4 months ago

If the length and dollars mattered, he would have taken the Tigers offer already. Unless Boras is so arrogant that he thinks he can do better (we know he is), but even he is not that stupid to think a week before spring training he can roll the dice and get a marginally better deal and pass up the 2 yrs/14m. Damon’s a veteran and my guess is he feels at this stage of his career he wants to decide where he plays, even if he has to take less. It may well be in Detroit for the best deal and he’s laying out in Hawaii with a drink in his hand thinking about it. Or Atlanta where he can play left, hit lead off and have his wife an hour and a half plane ride from their home, where she can commute more easily. This would be a huge factor if they had kids, which I don’t think they do. Yes they will rent wherever he plays and the most dollars usually dictate, but if he doesn’t choose the best offer?

And I want him on the Sox as he will fit in well at the top and be a professional productive hitter at DH instead of what looks to be back up/replacement player numbers there. Just hard to see Kenny and ownership agreeing to a deal with Boras.

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verlander
5 years 4 months ago

Comerica Park isn’t that bad of a hitter’s park if you hit doubles and triples.

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

White Sox by Wednesday.

Also, If Felipe Lopez gets signed before Damon, You can expect Johnny Damon to fire Boras as well. I hear that Alan Nero is a good agent.

Also Bean Stringfellow.

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NYBravosFan10
5 years 4 months ago

as long as I live I have accepted the fact that i will not hear a more awesome name than bean stringfellow

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bomberj11
5 years 4 months ago

It sounds so cool because if you flip it around it’s “Stringbean Fellow”. It’s insane.