Johnny Damon Rumors: Thursday

9:29pm: MLB.com's Scott Merkin concurs, adding that he believes the White Sox have about $4MM to offer Damon.

5:50pm: According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago's interest in Johnny Damon is more about "due diligence" than anything else, and if the price tag is around $7MM per season, that is beyond their budget.

4:48pm: Heyman tweets that the Tigers may have offered slightly more than $14MM.

4:21pm: ESPN.com's Buster Olney tweets that executives expect Damon to sign with the Tigers.

4:15pm: Braves president John Schuerholz tells Jim Bowden that GM Frank Wren is "engaged" in talks with Damon and Scott Boras (Twitter link).

3:56pm: Jon Heyman of SI.com tweets that the Tigers have one and two-year offers on the table to Damon. The Braves and White Sox are also involved.

3:05pm: Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports and Jim Bowden tweet that the White Sox and Tigers are bidding on Damon. 

2:48pm: Tigers owner Mike Ilitch has authorized a two-year $14MM offer, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. It's hard to imagine Damon turning this kind of offer down.

Damon is also considering a one-year $7MM offer from the Tigers and a one-year offer from the Braves. Atlanta won't likely offer two years, since they have outfield prospects Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer.

2:02pm: Damon is nearing a decision and could agree to a deal this week, reports ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. Damon's best available offer comes from the Tigers. Insiders guess they're offering a one-year deal worth $7MM or so, but the sides haven't ruled out a two-year deal.

The Braves and Rays are still involved and a source tells Stark that the White Sox have interest. The Braves and Rays are talking one-year deals and neither club has offered as much as the Tigers.

1:21pm: The Tigers appear willing to top the Braves' offer to Johnny Damon, tweets Newsday's Ken Davidoff. Davidoff suggests that the Tigers could offer Damon $4.5MM, which would top Atlanta's offer of about $4MM.

Yesterday, we heard that the Braves offered Damon a deal worth less than $4MM. The deal includes deferred money, according to multiple reports. Earlier in the week, FOX Sports reported that Damon was still looking for a multi-year deal.


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205 Comments on "Johnny Damon Rumors: Thursday"


5 years 6 months ago

Jays swoop in with 5 million. (Damon >> Bautista) as long as it doesn’t take away at-bats from Snider.

tigers22
5 years 6 months ago

go for it man… hes yours. hes the braves… i could care less, just not here

granderslam
5 years 6 months ago

Could have been with the Yankees for $6 million. What an idiot.

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

he only would have been with the yanks if they didnt sign nick johnson damons deal was based on if johnson signs

DarthVader87
5 years 6 months ago

That traitor should go on over to the NL I think.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 6 months ago

ok, not everyone that ever played for the red sox is a red sock for life. curt schilling (in the past), josh becket, mike lowell, manny ramierez, even johnny damon… all of these “core” guys spent quite a bit of time playing for other teams. why can’t boston get over itself?

DarthVader87
5 years 6 months ago

Not all of them say they would never play for the Yankees either.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 6 months ago

true.

DarthVader87
5 years 6 months ago

That’s my only problem with him. I still like Wade even though he was a Yankee, front office made him do what he did. Johnny was my favorite. Said he would never do it. Then did it.

Deanezag
5 years 6 months ago

For what it’s worth: Schilling also stated he would only approve a trade to the Yankees or Phillies, before Theo flew out there and talked to him and gave him a 25m extension (+13m option) at 37 years old.

kikojones
5 years 6 months ago

Um, Lowell WAS a Yankee.

LTDm206
5 years 6 months ago

I don’t know why, but I really want Damon to sign with the Braves. I don’t like the idea of him playing anywhere else. Something about him on the Braves makes me feel good.

5 years 6 months ago

Damon, despite inflated numbers with Yankees, is a player who has done nothing but win in his career. I don’t usually care for nebulous intangibles like this in most cases, but the braves don’t seem to have that winning mentality. Watching them look so poised to take the wildcard last year, and yet come up so flaccid seems partly an attitude problem. Damon seems to play with some amount of hustle that would hopefully be infectious. I like the signing.

I’d say let Heyward get some ABs at Gwinett, and then trade Melky for the bullpen that we’ll most likely need by June anyway.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 6 months ago

ok, aparently no one remembers that johnny damon played his first 6 years in KANSAS CITY before going to oakland and eventually the red sox. he’s not home grown, boston. get over it.

Rich_in_NJ
5 years 6 months ago

Maybe if he express his love for Gordie Howe, or Al Kaline, the Tigers will raise their offer.

WisBrave
5 years 6 months ago

Well if this report is true looks like he will stay in the AL. I really doubt the Braves will bother with a counter offer. But that’s alright that leaves some money if needed at the trade deadline.

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

Good good good. Lets go with Matty Baseball and play some defense. Damon is a fine player but with Heyward likely starting in Atlanta (just read some Cox/FO lately) Diaz needs to have a spot to play and he is an above average defender in LF.

Brad426
5 years 6 months ago

So this is the bidding war Boras told Damon to hold out for.

rockiesfan_303
5 years 6 months ago

Braves lineup with Damon:

Prado
Damon
Chipper
McCann
Glaus
McLouth
Escobar
Melky/Diaz til Heyward is ready

Detroit

Jackson
Damon
Maggs
Miggy
Guillen DH
Inge
Sizemore
Laird
Everett

I think the Braves is a better situation for Damon to go to.

KnightInATL
5 years 6 months ago

Don’t look for the Braves to enter into a mano-a-mano bidding war with the Tigers. We won’t win. It also doesn’t make sense. If Heyward joins the big club directly from Lake Buena Vista, it completely removes the need for Damon. Cox has said that Heyward will not platoon in Atlanta, which leaves LF in the hands of Cabrera and Diaz (which I will argue with the bbxxj’s point that he is an above avg fielder…he is far from it). Also, lest we forget, Jordan Shafer is still a top notch prospect whom I have no doubt will become a solid contributor for some ballclub in the near future.

Brad426
5 years 6 months ago

Diaz’s UZR/150 numbers playing LF for the Braves:

06: 18.0
07: 19.3
08: -9.6
09: 2.9

He may not be awesome, but he is a better-than-average LF.

5 years 6 months ago

Probably more like

Damon
McLouth
Chipper
Glaus
McCann
Escobar
Prado
Heyward/Diaz/Cabrera

But either way you’re probably right about it being the better option. My gut says he leaves a little on the table to play for Cox rather than live in Detroit. Just saying.

Roy Munson
5 years 6 months ago

First would not take 2yrs 14M from the Yanks, then won’t take 6M from the Yanks… Boras cost this guy a lot of money. And wherever Damon signs he’ll do the whole “I felt respected with the tigers/braves/reds offer”…. Joke

5 years 6 months ago

Damn. That lineup would be scary about two-three years ago. Oh well.

CosaOne
5 years 6 months ago

Monumentally stupid decision by him this year, leave the team that you just won a World Series ring with who previously paid you 52 million, play in the perfect ballpark for you and also offered you the best contract you will get for possibly the rest of your career. I know I’d rather live in Detroit then NY, jackass

Roy Munson
5 years 6 months ago

Brainwashed By Boras…. Those two completely Misread the market… and it cost Damon Millions and a chance at winning. Total lose/lose for Johnny

ChiefTomahawk
5 years 6 months ago

This is why logistics such as amount offered for a salary should never be released until a deal is finalized.

boras4prez
5 years 6 months ago

Dear Johnny,

Hope you enjoy Detriot.

Sincerely,
The Braves

tigers22
5 years 6 months ago

not cool man… the braves need to step up and sign him. dont want him around here

Detroit Rock City
5 years 6 months ago

“Insiders guess the Tigers are offering a one-year deal worth $7MM or so” I hope this is a typo. The Braves offer 4 million and the Tigers counter with 7, what rocket scientist is doing the math on this one. Better be more like 3 million guaranteed with heavy incentives on like 700 plate appearances and not looking like a 9 year old girl in LF with that arm, maybe an extra mill for 50+ homers or batting .400.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 6 months ago

Tigers have to be dumb to do this. All they needed to do is wait for Damon to say no to ATL’s offer and then ATL is out of the running. Rays and White Sox can’t offer as much as Detriot. Detriot should just offer him a 1 year 5 mil deal.

WisBrave
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah have to agree, no one else would have gave him more than 5 mil at least not at this time of year.

5 years 6 months ago

Looks like Boras may get Johnny that 2 year deal after all. If the Tigers are offering 7 mil a year than take him. 2/7 sounds good, but 7 a year is way to much for .285/15/65.

baycommuter
5 years 6 months ago

drinky makes a good point, with Damon in the clubhouse last year they would have held it together even after Cabrera went on his bender.