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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  1. avpisano 5 years 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.

  2. DarthVader87 5 years ago

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

  3. NL_East_Rivalry 5 years 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.

  4. Ryatt 5 years 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.

    • tigers22 5 years 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

      • NYBravosFan10 5 years 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.

        • sunking1056 5 years ago

          Atlanta suburbs make me want to kill myself.

          • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

            alright then

          • NL_East_Rivalry 5 years 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.

          • sunking1056 5 years 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…

        • disgustedcubfan 5 years 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 $$$$

          • Ryatt 5 years 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.

    • verlander 5 years ago

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

  5. Guest 5 years 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.

    • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

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

      • bomberj11 5 years ago

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

  6. NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

    see now that makes me think Braves. It’s kinda oddly worded but that’s what I get from it.

    • DarthVader87 5 years ago

      He would fit on the Braves, but not for the money that is being asked.

      • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

        and the Braves offer is more of a take it or leave it type of deal. They won’t get into a bidding war with anyone. I still think he will sign with the Braves because i’ve heard plenty of times that he wants to play for them even going as far as saying he hopes the Braves make an offer. Plus a guy like him doesn’t need the money anymore after playing for the Yankees and Red Sox all those years. Maybe he’ll go with preference over money. He’s also got a better shot at the playoffs with the Braves.

        • NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

          I think that’s why Boras is doing this. He’s like “Damon, you want to play in ATL and I want money. Let’s go over here and stir up things in DET so we are both happy.” And Damon is following like a lap dog.

          • DarthVader87 5 years ago

            That does indeed sound like a typical Boras lame bait tactic.

          • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

            i can think of a few other words that describe what Boras has turned Damon into but this website is usually kept PG rated so I won’t

        • hrbomber1113 5 years ago

          His first preference was the Yankees and turned down their 1 year 6 million with deferred money a couple of weeks ago. So now you think he’ll choose less money for his second preference? I think it’s pretty obvious his preference IS the most money.

          • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

            that was also when he figured he’d have more of a market that would pay him all the money he wanted. I also don’t think he expected the yankees to say “fine, suit yourself, don’t let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out” by trading for Curtis Granderson and signing Randy Winn

          • NL_East_Rivalry 5 years ago

            Jeter, Johnson, Granderson. Can you think if Damon accepted? How many lead-off/2-hole guys can one team have? Everyone can get on base and almost everyone can knock you in.

          • hrbomber1113 5 years ago

            this was very recently. the market for him was firmly established when he turned down the 1 year 6 million offer. The entire point is he turned down the most money from his first preference because he wanted more money then. There is no way he’s going to take a smaller offer to be with MAYBE his second preference. You could argue strongly that he prefers Detroit anyway. He has been quoted with saying if he couldn’t play for the Yankees he wanted to play in Detroit and he could make that team a winner. I don’t necessarily believe what he says, but that’s a much stronger piece of evidence pointing towards Detroit than anything he’s said about Atlanta. The entire process is to get more money. If Atlanta has the top bid, that’s where he’ll end up. By the way i’m not a fan of either team.

          • soxluv 5 years ago

            Boras misread the market. Believe me if the Yankees had that deal on the table now he would take it. He will likely have to settle for less. I don’t believe the Tigers offered 2/$7M or else this would be done. Plus he may only want a 1 year deal so that he can build his value. This makes a White Sox signing more plausible because they may go higher on a 1 year deal (no more than $7M) but no way they match a 2 year deal.

        • ltdibo020 5 years ago

          I heard Damon got hit hard with some of his investments. So a couple million more might be needed. He lost big bucks I heard, not quite the Madoof loss but just as bad. The info on this was sketchy but I had read that he took a pretty good beatin…Anybody else heard this?
          Also, if Detroit changes its mind…he would have no market…he better grab 7 mil if its there or else 4 mil will be what he gets…spring training is coming fast…Will he really help Detroit though? I don’t know?

          • NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

            he’d help anyone. He’s a good player, just not the type of good player Boras is making him out to be

        • asindc 5 years ago

          If it wasn’t about the money for him he would have re-signed with the Yanks. It is about the money, and one of the teams involved in rumors lately (Sox, Tigers, or Braves) is getting played to create a faux market. I think the Tigers are the most logical since they have a history of overpaying and bidding against themselves for Boras clients. By the way, if Damon wants the best chance to get to the postseason among these teams, it is with the Sox, not the Braves.

  7. At this point Barry Bonds offers more then Damon. And he has Leyland ties. I bet he would play for a fraction of what Damon or Boras are asking?

    Someone call up Barry’s agent and throw 2 million at him to DH!

  8. the_show 5 years ago

    The longer this goes the more likely he signs with the Sox. Detroit has been talking to him at least since early last week so the longer this go the more I expect him sign to elsewhere.

    • disgustedcubfan 5 years ago

      If he signs with the Sox, Kenny has to cut Andruw Jones and give him a check. Damon would be a huge upgrade for the Sox DH spot.

      • the_show 5 years ago

        since we signed Andruw Jones to a small deal I don’t think that would be an issue.

  9. cachhubguy 5 years ago

    He will go to the highest bidder, which leaves out Chicago.

    • the_show 5 years ago

      You know that how? Why couldn’t Chicago be the highest bidder, if you are basing this on the idiotic four million cap comment then I’m here to tell you that Scott Merkin has no clue what he talking about. Heck we are the only big market team in the mix.

    • soxluv 5 years ago

      Yeah, because Kenny Williams never does anything surprising.

  10. the_show 5 years ago

    Wrong the Braves aren’t really in the mix and they don’t have a good chance to unseat the Mets. This is a Detroit vs White Sox battle.

    • nottheshow 5 years ago

      The Mets? Don’t you mean the Phillies? He’s an ideal fit for the Braves and while I believe money is a huge factor in where he signs I also believe he still wants to win. Out of the few teams bidding on him, if he’s added, they’d have the best chance to win.

    • Dear God I hope we don’t unseat the Mets in anything at this point.

  11. soxluv 5 years ago

    It would be funny to see AJ and Damon playing toether since they went to HS together and have been seen hanging out in the offseason.

  12. lug 5 years ago

    Can a Tigers fan help me here, or someone who may know. The Tigers trade Granderson to the Yanks for if I remember young players that are cheaper. To me it really looked like a rebuilding move. Why are the Tigers now going out and pursuing an aging Damon? I mean couldn’t the Tigers of thrown this 14 mill at Granderson. One commentator mentioned something about a concern with a young Tigers outfield well why make this move where you could of just held on to Grandy? Thanks for your help as I am sure there is a piece I am leaving out here.

    • the_show 5 years ago

      If the Tigers had really offered Damon 14 million he would have already been signed imo.

    • RestoreTheRoar 5 years ago

      It wasnt young players that are cheaper, it was young players that are at/near MLB ready under team control for a long time. They had Grandy and EJax for another 4-5 years, and got 4 players in return with team control for 22 years combined. It was basically a swap for an equal, yet unseasoned starter plus a swap for a potentially equal and unseasoned CF, plus two good bullpen arms. It wasnt a money saving trade, but a way to barter for a slight downgrade for those two positions plus filling a couple holes in relief that Lyon/Rodeny left wide open.
      They also threw down a lot of cash to get Valverde, who has been one of the top closers for the last few years. If they were rebuilding only for the future, they wouldnt have plunked down 14 mil/2 years on him either.
      The statement that best explains their plan and actions is they’re building a younger team that can compete for years, but we’re still looking to be competitive this year in a division that still has no clear dominant team. Twins, Tigers, Sox are all projected to be within 5-10 games of each other by the end of 2010.

    • soxluv 5 years ago

      The only plausible explanation is that the Tigers believe Granderson is not as good as they thought.

      • alphabet_soup5 5 years ago

        They do think that. Austin Jackson looks like an upgrade for almost everywhere but actual MLB experience and power.

    • alphabet_soup5 5 years ago

      Tigers aren’t in rebuilding mode, they got MLB ready players in exchange for Granderson and Jackson.

      On point and to answer your question, Damon would give the Tigers a sure thing for the leadoff spot and provide a veteran presence for the 2 projected rookies (Austin Jackson, Scott Sizemore). As for where Damon fits, I assume he’ll want LF but Leyland already promised that to Guillen. Realistically, I believe Damon will take over as primary LF but that the DH spot will consist of Damon, Ordonez, Guillen, with Guillen being the main DH as per his injuries lately.

    • tigers22 5 years ago

      Like others said, they arent exactly rebuilding… I look at it as re-tooling. I think we’re sort of shaking up our roster, while keeping core guys in place while trying to remain competitive. They didn’t need to throw 14 mil at Grandy because he was already signed for a few years, but they did trade him at the right time to maximize his value and get a nice return. But as a Tigers fan, and I’m sure most of you who regularly read these Damon posts can tell, I am very opposed to them signing Damon. It just doesn’t make sense to me, he isn’t an elite player anymore who will bring us home a title and he’s just not worth a 2 year 14 million dollar commitment.

      • lug 5 years ago

        OK, thanks this clears it up for me a bit. As a White Sox fan I hated to see Grandy come up to bat and was like WHAT? When they traded him. Sounds like the Tigers have a solid young core that is under control for a while (dang it.) Another thought too is if the Tigers actually did offer him 2 years at 14 mill I think we wouild have seen the press conference of him in a Tigers jersey already.

  13. hrbomber1113 5 years ago

    I find it pretty amusing that fans of the Braves, Tigers, and White Sox all have the same VERY limited information we all have and construe and interpret it as their team being the obvious team Damon picks, for a myriad of reasons.

    • the_show 5 years ago

      Sox fans know from experience that if Kenny is sticking his toe in the water and the price is what is looking to spend we have as good a chance as anybody.

      • hrbomber1113 5 years ago

        ya but he said he wanted to play for Detroit and make them winners and he’s a Red Wings fan. And he lives in Orlando….oh wait…what’s that you say? nothing matters but the highest bidder? oh..ok. The White Sox should have never touched Pierre and kept their prospects and signed Damon to play LF with Rios in CF and Quentin in RF and resigned Thome to DH. And I can’t believe Detroit traded Granderson and then throws away their first round pick and 14 million on a closer, and possibly Damon, who is an awful fit for the ballpark.

        • tsizzle 5 years ago

          1)At the time, Damon was likely going to the Yankees. 2)The Sox didn’t give up anything worthwhile in the Pierre deal. 3)Now they can get the best of both worlds, having Damon at DH, where they’re really lacking a bat.

          • hrbomber1113 5 years ago

            while i agree that when they made the Pierre trade Damon was most likely going back to the Yankees, I think they should have waited out the OF market and gotten a much better player than Pierre for even less money and zero prospects. And in the end I’m sure they could have done the deal with the Dodgers at anytime since I’m sure teams weren’t exactly beating down Colletti’s door for Pierre.

      • hrbomber1113 5 years ago

        and thank you for proving my point so quickly.

        • the_show 5 years ago

          Not really, my point was fair. When Kenny starts sniffing around there is a 80% chance of a deal by the White Sox. If the Tigers don’t get a deal done by Tuesday you can bet the Sox will emerge as the frontrunner.

          • tigers22 5 years ago

            Haha that’s funny. Realistically, he probably hits on about 8% of the deals he “sniffs around”

          • hrbomber1113 5 years ago

            thank you. I almost forgot what a logical statement was.

  14. ballfan08 5 years ago

    Couple of things to remember…1) all things being equal Johnny’s preference is to play near his home in Tampa Bay 2) Tampa is where he’d like to play out his career as a DH and 2-3 day/week fielder 3) Playing in Tampa means he’s near all of his kids, his parents, and pays no state tax 4) Tampa has no room right now because of Crawfords last year and the horrible 2 yr deal they signed with Burrell 5) both those players are 100% not returning in 2011…conclusion- he only wants a 1 year deal be it with Atlanta, Detroit or Chicago…he is 100% set on signing with the Rays next year, playing out his days there, spending his nights in the new $15mm house he just built and shooting for his 3000th hit and the attached ticket to Cooperstown

    • hrbomber1113 5 years ago

      And apparently you can add Rays fans to my list. Since you know Johnny Damon so well could you get his autograph for me? And I’d love to see any link where he talks about wanting to do that. And since you know him so well i’m surprised you didn’t know this but Damon still thinks he’s a good defender and not a DH. He doesn’t want to become a DH primarily. And since he started out the off season asking for a 3 or 4 year deal….was his plan to somehow sign a 3-4 year deal with the Yankees and then also play for the Rays in 2011? Just stop making up ridiculous reasons and scenarios why Johnny Damon wants to play for your favorite team.

  15. tsizzle 5 years ago

    I think this is down to the Sox and the Braves. Both deals are similar and Boras is trying to squeak some more money out of the deal by using the Tigers who are not even interested (that 2 year/$14 million deal is BS), which would make me further think he’s leaning towards the Sox.

  16. hrbomber1113 5 years ago

    link to

    there are three sources in the 9:44 am update that completely discount the White Sox interest as anything more than doing their due diligence. the Tigers are admitting they are interested while the White Sox are admitting they aren’t, yet you think the Tigers aren’t interested and are just being used to drive the price up for the White Sox. This is exactly what I’m talking about. I get you’re a White Sox fan, but try and use logic backed up by something more than just what you want to happen with your favorite team.

    • the_show 5 years ago

      Us Sox fans know to tune out the Chicago media as they are never right in regards to the Sox. They thought we didn’t have the money for Rios or Peavy either. Joe Cowley is a joke.

    • baconslayer09 5 years ago

      And how do you know all these sources are accurate and telling the whole truth?

      Here’s the thing.

      One source was Ken Rosenthal, the other Scott Merkin.

      Merkin is the beat writer for, a site affiliated with the White Sox. Kenny Williams has had a history of not being very outspoken of his actions and keeping deals in secrecy. Kenny’s also been involved in numerous transactions where he said “no” to a player or was rumored to say “no” to a player and then went out and got him anyways. Ala, A.J. Pierzynski in the 05 off-season. He does this to a) disinterest other teams in the player and create a better situation for himself and b) keep the price low. It’s like bidding on eBay. Are you going to bid on the item to drive the price up 3 days before the end of the auction? Of course not. Merkin’s analysis of the deal could be a PR move, where he perceives the White Sox as unimportant in the sweepstakes, something KW usually does.

      With Rosenthal, you never know where he gets his information. Could be from Boras, could be from a source close to Detroit or Chicago. All three of those may have different things to say.

      None of this is definitive. And now it appears that the race has edged closer. So to say that Damon is only interested in Detroit or Atlanta and not in Chicago is something that I do not agree with. Especially since that this article says that Damon is possibly looking for a shorter deal so he could re-explore the market next off-season. If that’s the case, then he wants to go to the team that would give him the best numbers and publicity, that place would be Chicago since
      1. Chicago has the best hitter’s park of the three teams, and it’s not even close.
      2. Chicago is the largest market of the three.
      3. Chicago, right now, is the better team than Detroit on paper and is comparable to the Braves.

      If he’s willing to really test the market next year and come up gold with a nice contract due to good numbers, then he should choose Chicago and it’s a no brainier at that.

      But then again, we don’t know what he really prefers. Sources at this point can’t be completely trusted.

      I see that you’re going with the what you see is what you should believe. Again, these sources aren’t unbiased. They have connections somewhere amongst the 3 or 4 parties and the things those sources say can’t be the same.

      • hrbomber1113 5 years ago

        you completely missed what we were talking about. I’m saying there is actual evidence that he isn’t going to Chicago and going to Detroit while nobody can produce any evidence besides their own biased opinions of why Damon should go to their Chicago, just like you did. The fact is the Yankees are a bigger market, better team, better ball park for him and the best chance to win, and he turned them down for more money. The guy is only trying to get the best contract. Whoever offers him the most money will get Damon. It’s as simple as that. And you do realize that every GM in baseball does the whole, “we’re not interested” thing and signs a player some of the time. It’s also true that a lot of the time when GM’s say they aren’t interested then they just aren’t interested. Biased sources are still more reliable than ZERO sources. I didn’t say he was only interested in Detroit. All I said for the billionth time is fans of teams don’t have any evidence which team he’s going to but they’re all certain it will be THEIR team and it’s just because they’re a fan of that team. Then they come up with their own reasons and proof he’s going to, just like you did, without any proof at all. Tigers fans, White Sox fans, Braves fans, and even a Rays fan all did the same thing. I’m not a fan of any of those teams and it’s completely obviously all he wants is the most money.

  17. Budlight12 5 years ago

    He is not coming to Atlanta! I would love him at the top of the order, but Frank Wren does not get into bidding wars. He makes his best offer (Lowe) and if the player takes it, they take it. Notice Boras or any other media outlet has not mentioned the Braves in a few days. If they were contenders Boras would be shouting it from the roof tops to further engage the Sox and Tigers. Damon to the Braves is DEAD!

  18. pcain1027 5 years ago

    why hasent he singed that deal with detriot yet im starting to think that maybe its not there anymore or was never there to begin with its either that or Dammon is a moron

    • the_show 5 years ago

      There is no way the Tigers have a deal that large on the table or it would have already been signed…no way the Sox or Braves offer that much

      • tigers22 5 years ago

        You’re right, and thats not even whats being reported. Illitch has approved spending a 2/14 million dollar contract on him… not that its even been officially offered. Which is why I hold out hope of this not happening

  19. Civilization 5 years ago

    Detroit knew Granderson had peaked. He wasn’t going to have any more value then what he did the moment he was traded. Granderson’s a great guy, he’ll be fine in New York, but from the Tigers front office perspective we sold a player at the highest value he had. It’s no salary dump, it’s no anything else. We sold Granderson and we sold Jackson at peak value to maximize a return on a team that is built with too many aging veterans and without a serious chance to make a World Series appearance.

    As for Damon, I hope that this 2-14 deal is just a voice in the wind… His UZR rating last year in left was -12.1. However after posting 37.4 and 11.6 the years before I’m going to guess his UZR rating was more a reflection of other players that qualified for left field UZR ratings…

    Damon still has something to offer a club, but for the Tigers I’m not sure what that is. He’s in a position to chase another ring. Coming to Detroit doesn’t help with that… It doesn’t add up on either end… Why would Detroit invest in a second year of Damon with all that cash coming off the books? It only hurts them went it comes to free agency next year. He’s either a Brave or a White Sox.

    • hrbomber1113 5 years ago

      They sold Granderson at his lowest value. They sold low. His BABIP bottomed out and hurt his overall numbers. His peak value would have been in 2007 when he put up outstanding numbers and had a lower salary due. And i agree Damon has something to offer to the league, but his defense is inexcusable. He could never throw, but now he’s acts scared of the wall and has considerable trouble with even routine flyballs in the last 2 years. It’s a slippery slope in the late 30’s for a baseball player.

      • Macfan1 5 years ago

        “They sold Granderson at his lowest value. They sold low. His BABIP bottomed out and hurt his overall numbers. His peak value would have been in 2007 when he put up outstanding numbers and had a lower salary due”

        Well said hrbomber, Granderson had career lows in AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS and still he hit 30 HR and 71 RBI’s and is 29 years of age come opening day, he can bounce back big time folks.

        His lines last season – .249 AVG, .327 OBP, .453 SLG, .780 OPS with 30 HR and 71 RBI’s as the primary leadoff hitter in Detroit

        His career lines – .272 AVG, .344 OBP, .484 SLG, .828 OPS

        No one can doubt Granderson coming to Yankee Stadium, as a lefty batter will bounce back big time next season in the Yankees lineup.

        “Detroit knew Granderson had peaked. He wasn’t going to have any more value then what he did the moment he was traded.”

        I wholeheartedly disagree with Civilization, Detroit sold Granderson low, the guy is still 29 not 34, he still has many good years ahead of him.

        Also the major X factor here, for some reason, Curtis Granderson has been much better away from Comerica in his career since becoming a full time player in 2006

        2006 Home – .249 AVG, .326 OBP, .389 SLG, .715 OPS, 7 HR, 33 RBI
        2006 Away – .271 AVG, .343 OBP, .485 SLG, .828 OPS, 12 HR, 35 RBI

        2007 Home – .286 AVG, .351 OBP, .512 SLG, .863 OPS, 10 HR, 36 RBI
        2007 Away – .318 AVG, .370 OBP, .592 SLG, .962 OPS, 13 HR, 38 RBI

        2008 Home – .277 AVG, .361 OBP, .493 SLG, .854 OPS, 11 HR, 35 RBI
        2008 Away – .283 AVG, .368 OBP, .495 SLG, .863 OPS, 11 HR, 31 RBI

        2009 Home – .230 AVG, .307 OBP, .388 SLG, .695 OPS, 10 HR, 34 RBI
        2009 Away – .267 AVG, .345 OBP, .516 SLG, .861 OPS, 20 HR, 37 RBI

        His AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS are all better away from Comerica in his career, coming to Yankee Stadium, with that lefty swing of his he is a perfect fit for that ballpark and Right Field.

        Granderson will put up next season 32+ HR, 85+ RBI’s, hitting in a lineup of

        1. Derek Jeter – SS – R 

        2. Nick Johnson – DH – L 

        3. Mark Texieira – 1B – S 

        4. Alex Rodriguez – 3B – R
        5. Jorge Posada – C – S 

        6. Curtis Granderson – CF – L 

        7. Robinson Cano – 2B – L 

        8. Nick Swisher – RF – S 

        9. Brett Gardner – LF – L or Randy Winn – LF – S

  20. danks50 5 years ago

    I have a feeling Boras is just playing the waiting game and trying to get the Braves or Sox to raise Damon’s price. There no need to rush a signing and if any of those 2 yr/14 mil reports are true I can’t see him landing anywhere other than Detroit.

  21. davegagnon313 5 years ago

    I think they’ll end up signing Felipe Lopez instead.

    Think about it. He can switch hit, hit at the top of the order, he has a better arm than Damon, he can play left field, and also play 3 infield positions. With a rookie at 2b and with Inge coming off 2 knee surgeries, might not be a bad idea.

  22. Do not understand why MLB teams are not concerned about how Joe Girardi had to check with Damon from late July till the end if he was ok to go ?
    Or how during the division, league and world series Johnny had to sit due to his legs “cramping” ?
    Will it be ok to lose this moeny offered if his legs go out al together this season ?
    Why are they overpaying or bidding against themselves for a player that has physical issues that will impact the team during the season ?

  23. Brandon Woodworth 5 years ago

    I’m glad to hear this as a Braves fan. Nothing against Damon, I think he will have a solid 2010, but bringin him to Atlanta means one of two things: 1)Matt Diaz would be pushed to a backup/platoon role, which is dumb considering he puts up better average and obp, with as much power and speed as Damon, or 2)It would hinder Jason Heyward’s trek to the Majors, which I believe he will effective in 2010. I would have liked the move before Melky.

  24. Detroit, as a single city, is not nice. But, a lot around Detroit is great. Detroit has great fans and the Tigers will be in the mix for the AL Central.

  25. cachhubguy 5 years ago

    I’m going by KW. He said I can’t spend a dollar when I only have 50 cents. That tells me he won’t(and shouldn’t) spend 7 million on JD.

    • the_show 5 years ago

      How do you know the price is 7 million? Also Kenny loves to lower expectations, he acted like our budget was tight last year and then went out and got Peavy and Rios. When it comes to Kenny pay attention to his actions not his words.

  26. Detroit Rock City 5 years ago

    Seriously where do you people come up with any of you information? I am starting to think Scott Boras is behind all of these idiotic theories. The only thing any reporters are stating is that the Tigers are the only team to have a serious offer on the table. This is all bating on the behalf of Scott Boras, I think they should have bit the bullet already and accepted whatever 5MM deal they had and been done with it. At this point I don’t care who he signs with. This is a debacle and makes everyone in baseball look like greedy fairweather players. I wouldn’t want Damon on my team for free after all this hype!!

  27. Detroit Rock City 5 years ago

    Seriously where do you people come up with any of you information? I am starting to think Scott Boras is behind all of these idiotic theories. The only thing any reporters are stating is that the Tigers are the only team to have a serious offer on the table. This is all bating on the behalf of Scott Boras, I think they should have bit the bullet already and accepted whatever 5MM deal they had and been done with it. At this point I don’t care who he signs with. This is a debacle and makes everyone in baseball look like greedy fairweather players. I wouldn’t want Damon on my team for free after all this hype!!

  28. wakefield4life 5 years ago

    Johnny Damon isn’t worth more than the peanut in a crackerjack box outside of Yankee Stadium. He should kiss the feet of anyone who offers him more than a mil a year. He should take the best offer, but the spacious confines of Comerica will not be kind to his numbers.

  29. wakefield4life 5 years ago

    Johnny Damon isn’t worth more than the peanut in a crackerjack box outside of Yankee Stadium. He should kiss the feet of anyone who offers him more than a mil a year. He should take the best offer, but the spacious confines of Comerica will not be kind to his numbers.

  30. the_show 5 years ago

    I’m talking about the deals that leak out to the public, Kenny has a high hit rate with deals that become public knowledge. Kenny is very consistent with how he operates, you aren’t a White Sox so I don’t even know how you would have the knowledge to argue this point.

  31. hrbomber1113 5 years ago

    Anyone who knows about baseball knows Kenny Williams is known for pulling off random out of the blue deals, examples: peavy, rios, pierre. You as a White Sox fan should realize that most of all. And you still didn’t explain how you came up with Tuesday or 80%. Read the 3 sources for the 9:44 am update of this link. there’s knowledge for you.

    link to

  32. the_show 5 years ago

    Reasonably intelligent people have the ability to read the tea leaves based on provided information apparently this concept is lost on you. Sadly you possess no ability to extrapolate and you hold on to a false reality that you are so much more erudite than the common reader of this site. It cracks me up that you keep linking to information from the Chicago media who knows next to nothing, goes to show how naive you are.

  33. hrbomber1113 5 years ago

    Once again, you have ZERO evidence backing up what you’re saying. It is just your opinion. Your extrapolation of the situation is based off what you want to happen and isn’t backed by any facts or evidence. I linked what MLBtraderumors had on their site. And you think the Chicago media is biased yet YOU know more and are less biased? get real. You’re in total denial. JOHNNY DAMON WILL TAKE THE LARGEST CONTRACT OFFER HE GETS. It is so simple. I’m not claiming to know more about baseball then the common reader of this site. I’m just stating that fans of the teams still in the race for Damon are being completely irrational in their reasons why Damon will choose their team. All you do is make stuff up. 80% chance of a deal with Kenny Williams sniffs around. The White Sox will be front runners by Tuesday. Just random opinions. You claim i’m acting as if I know more than everyone on this site, yet you yourself are claiming you know more about the situation than all the Chicago media. He could definitely sign with the White Sox if they offer the largest contract. He will take the most money. If you have an argument besides just saying you have some amazing ability to predict the future with no evidence to back your predictions then respond. If not save your breath.

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