Johnny Damon Rumors: Tuesday

7:54pm: Rosenthal takes back his previous tweet, and says that the White Sox did not make Damon a second offer. Their original offer still stands, though it is not believed to be as high as Detroit's.

Rosenthal adds that Damon and his wife "would prefer him to play in a more cosmopolitan city than Detroit," for what it's worth.  What's more, Damon played golf Monday with Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and broadcaster Hawk Harrelson.

7:39pm: The White Sox have made a second offer to free agent outfielder Johnny Damon, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. The terms of the offer are unknown, but Rosenthal says a deal may be gaining momentum.

Yesterday we heard that there was only a "very small" difference of opinion between the Tigers and Damon's camp on salary, though this new offer from the ChiSox may have changed that dynamic.


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89 Comments on "Johnny Damon Rumors: Tuesday"


Rich_in_NJ
5 years 6 months ago

At this point, I am agnostic about anything that’s reported about Damon.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I think Damon would be a much better fit on the Sox than Tigers. Get it done Kenny.

UnfriendlyConfine
5 years 6 months ago

What is Ken Williams doing?

5 years 6 months ago

Collecting as many overpaid outfielders as possible?

5 years 6 months ago

Trying to improve his team. In case you’re not paying attention our current DH is a platoon of Andruw Jones, Mark Kotsay and others.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah I agree. The Dodgers are paying most of Juan Pierre’s salary. They’ve had a great off-season and I can only expect the White Sox to play much better than last season. A platoon of Jones and Kotsay is great but I think Damon will only make them better.

I wonder if the Tigers will go after Jermaine Dye if the Sox get Johnny Damon.

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

How can you say a platoon of Jones and Kotsay is great? That is honestly the worst DH in the American League. There are several unemployed players right now who would most certainly outperform that two headed duo.

The White Sox haven’t done much this off-season to get excited about. Pierre is a chump. Remove his absurd couple of months and you get a guy will post an OPS around 700. Not what you want from your corner OF’er. Tehean? Meh.

So far, the Twins are the only ones who have really helped themselves in the AL Central.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Actually, I’m going to disagree. I really don’t think that that DH combo is bad at all. It is certainly no worse than half of the other AL teams’ DH or DH platoon.

Second of all, Juan Pierre is one of the best catylyst’s is Major League Baseball. He made the Dodgers better when he was in left than they were when Manny was in left. His SLG is nothing to speak of but thats ok, because his job is to get on base and steal bases. When he gets 600 AB’s, he can easily rack up 200 hits and if he stays on pace throughout his career, he will rack up 3000 hits. I think the Juan Pierre acquisition was great for the White Sox. Especially for a team that wants to get more athletic. Mark Teahen is actually a very good player. He’s a gap to gap hitter but with the short confines of U.S. Cellular Field, he could hit 15-20 Homers.

I agree with the fact that the Twins had one of the best off-seasons in Baseball (better than the White Sox) and they are probably going to win the division. But you can’t discount the work that Kenny Williams has done this off-season.

I also think that the Royals did a better job improving their team than some other teams have.

billmelton
5 years 6 months ago

Really? Peavy was a trade made for this year, as well as the acquisition of Rios. The Peavy trade makes the Chisox rotation one of the top three in the MLB. The back end got upgraded with Putz, and if he is back to form, the Chisox have a potentially lethal set of relievers in Putz, Thorton and Jenks.

Pierre is a good pick up, with the Dodgers footing most of his salary, and addresses the Chisox’s continual leadoff problems. I think KW will address the LH hitting issue either through Damon or, more likely, a trade sometime early in the season.

Either you’re biased or haven’t done your homework here.

BigDaddy67
5 years 6 months ago

Being Kenny Williams…watching what Dave Dombrowski is trying to do and then swooping in offering more money just to deny Detroit a player…he is just trying to block what he can…he is still peed off because we got Miggy in 2006 and he didn’t…I find it rather hilarious…btw…for the record…I don’t want Damon…I hope they do “steal” him…lol

5 years 6 months ago

Rosenthal eats his words:

Take back previous tweet: #WhiteSox did not make second offer. Original offer stands and is not thought to be as high as Tigers’.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Rosenthal just tweeted the White Sox didn’t make the offer.

rbeezy
5 years 6 months ago

thanks for nothing kenny

Rich_in_NJ
5 years 6 months ago

I told you. It has become too bizarre to take seriously.

BravesRed
5 years 6 months ago

Great, Rosenthal is turning into Olney and Heyman.

5 years 6 months ago

At least Rosenthal admits his mistakes. Heyman thrives on bad reporting.

5 years 6 months ago

This is too much. Make a decision Johnny.

BravesRed
5 years 6 months ago

I personally think he wants to be in Atlanta, so he is waiting to see if they raise their offer. I also think he will be in Atlanta at the end of all of this.

5 years 6 months ago

Of course you do.

BravesRed
5 years 6 months ago

He’s already made it clear to O’Brien, and other writers, that he wants to be in Atlanta.

5 years 6 months ago

The thing is I’m a sox fan I see him as a good fit. But I know in the end he is landing in Detroit.

Rich_in_NJ
5 years 6 months ago

He once made it clear that he wanted to remain a Yankee, and four years before thatl a R. Sock.

humbb
5 years 6 months ago

But that was before the Thrashers traded away Damon’s favorite Atlanta hockey player, Kari Lehtonen to Dallas. All bets are off now!

opwhitesoxfan
5 years 6 months ago

come on Kenny, man up and sign him.

WisBrave
5 years 6 months ago

If Braves could get him for dirt cheap great otherwise let Detroit have him.

BravesRed
5 years 6 months ago

Rosenthal just wrote a article that says Damon’s wife doesn’t wanna be in Detroit.

WisBrave
5 years 6 months ago

I don’t blame her but chances are that is where the most money is.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

so is rosenthal saying that he ~tweeted~ something without being completely sure of what he was saying? HAS HE NO RESPECT FOR THE WRITTEN WORD?!?!

Detroitchik
5 years 6 months ago

Johnny Damon and his snobby pretentious wife can move on. We don’t need that skank or her neanderthal looking husband here anyway. I was pretty ambivalent, until she started talking about MY city. She better let him sign somewhere or they won’t have enough money for her to keep up with her cosmopolitan life style. Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth… witch! Like like the south side of Chicago or Atlanta are that much better… give me a freaking break

the_show
5 years 6 months ago

lol Damon would never spend anytime on the south side if he signed with the White Sox

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

Hard to fault someone for not wanting to go to Detroit. I’m sure it’s a nice place but my wife would have the exact same response if I told her that work was relocating me there. And I can assure you, she is not snobby or pretentious. Detroit has a reputation of being one of (if not the) worst big cities in America.

Detroitchik
5 years 6 months ago

Don’t knock what you don’t know about, fellas… It’s pretty nice here and the suburbs are pretty posh.

BigDaddy67
5 years 6 months ago

That’s ok Chik…let’s keep our rep intact and keep the fakes and wannabes in the “cosmopolitan” cities…Detroit is for Detroiters…forget everyone else! 😉 if they don’t like it like you said…move on…

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

“Rosenthal adds that Damon and his wife “would prefer him to play in a more cosmopolitan city than Detroit,” for what it’s worth.”

Wow…

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

Rumor was she was the major force behind Damon jumping ship to the yanks in the first place. I’m never sure how much stock to put in the “players wife says” rumors but Damon has always struck me as the kinda guy who prefers the spotlight or at least likes people to know he’s in the spotlight. I’m betting he goes where he thinks he gets the most attention.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I just don’t think that Chicago is more of a cosmopolitian city than Detriot.

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

I’d disagree on that.

5 years 6 months ago

That chick better check herself. It’s not like Johnny is Mr. Loyal. Before she knows it she’ll be out on her A$$ for wife #3.

I don’t buy into his wife is calling the shots. I think he will go were the most money is & playing time/spotlight.

disgustedcubfan
5 years 6 months ago

I’m sick of this whole story. I’ll bet the White Sox, Braves and Tigers will go on with their season, with or without Johnny Damon.
Please, the next we hear of this should be he signed somewhere. End of story.

5 years 6 months ago

“I’ll bet the White Sox, Braves and Tigers will go on with their season, with or without Johnny Damon.”

I am gonna say that goes for just about every team :)

the_show
5 years 6 months ago

Come on Kenny seal the deal, this is the last piece we need

soxluv
5 years 6 months ago

This reeks of a Boras ploy to get Detroit to make some concessions. I really don’t believe the Sox are in this.

the_show
5 years 6 months ago

I understand why you say that but everyone keeps trying to say the Sox are not in it yet there keeps being smoke that says otherwise, going to be interesting to see.

5 years 6 months ago

I am positive the Sox are in this. Mostly as a reaction to the Twins signing Hudson.

If the Tigers had such a better offer that he liked he would of taken it. I have a feeling he will be with the Sox and he will sign before Spring Training starts.

tigers22
5 years 6 months ago

Doubt it.

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

lets not forget johnny and AJ are child hood friends….and for the comment of over paid out fielders who is over paid? jones and his 500k from us but 18 million from the dodgers and juan and his 4+ from the didgers..HA i never even thought of this before the dodgers are paying the whitesox 22 million for two guys to play for us and not for them…haha and Rios is not over paid i heard many different baseball people say his contract makes sense for his D..and think about this Rios’ deal is much much cheaper than torii hunters that kenny offered a few yrs ago(actually more than the angles deal weird) and his D is just as good and besides this year his bat has been pretty close to torii…

anyway johnny and AJ are child hood friends so you know he is talking to him about how nice it is to play here much like linebrink did to help sway peavy last season.

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

Rios is overpaid. He’s being paid an average of over $12M for 5 years and there’s a provision in his contract that increases his salary if traded (since it was a waiver claim I don’t think that clause matters). Add to that over the last 3 years he’s been in the bottom third in major league outfielders OPS, last year he was third to last. Also last year he posted a negative UZR. But even assuming he goes back to career defensive numbers at center field, he’s simply above average… not gold glove, just good. You really believe no bat and an above average glove is worth $12M a year?

5 years 6 months ago

Yes he is overpaid. He will return to norm and be overpaid with the current market. But by how much? If the Red Sox give Cameron nearly $8MM per year, at $12MM per year Rios is overpaid maybe $2MM.

The fact we did not give anyone up for him makes up a lot.

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

kenny should offer him a spring training invite and if IF he makes the team he gets a 2 yr 20 million dollar contract if he does not he gets cut lose not costing us anything ahaha best deal ever

5 years 6 months ago

Sorry, why wouldn’t he make the team out of spring training? Oh right, Juan Pierre will take that LF spot right?

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

Mainly by that last comment i was kidding but If that could even happen i would say it would be a 3 way competition for RF/LF and DH…the Rf competition between Carlos and Jones the Lf competition between Johnny and Juan and the DH competition between all 4

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

lot of people have stated that jones has lost a ton of weight and gotten back into full time shape. If defensively he is anything close to the 10 time gold glover he was in the ATl I would give him an out field spot and put with juan or Carlos at DH..the nice thing about signing Johnny and the same goes for jones is they can play all 3 Of positions

WisBrave
5 years 6 months ago

Why stop at 2 years give him 4 yr 40 million dollar contract, ahaha best deal ever. Get it done Kenny!

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

if this is any indication about the white sox getting damon Monday night He played golf with Aj and Ken “Hawk” Harrelson…HMMM Playing gold with the catcher and former GM/ current TV voice of the whitesox, I wondering if he might sign with us…thats going to piss jones and kotsay off but if he does sign with us and jones and kotsay still make the team thats a strong bench

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

playing golf** not gold sorry i was not paying attention to what i was typing…

WisBrave
5 years 6 months ago

I just got done reading that, if you sign him great if not he will go to Detroit. Either way Damon fits better in Chicago or Detroit than Atlanta.

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

it would make more sense if he wants to win a championship to play in chicago but if all he cares about money go for that mythical 2/14 deal in det

the_show
5 years 6 months ago

curious where you read this at? or do you live in the orlando area

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

read what the golf thing its on http://bases.nbcsports.com/

all this damon stuff proves that ken rosenthal does not know anything saying there was no offer from the wsox the saying there was…jeez ken just stop and get out of sports you know nothing

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

nbcsports DOT com and search for hardball talk its a baseball site much like this…this is better but they everyonce and a while have breaking stuff before tim does..

the_show
5 years 6 months ago

thanks

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

Come on Tim where you at on reporting this…NBC sports got to it before you…sad day just playing man your site is still the best

tigers22
5 years 6 months ago

“Comopolitan” haha this guys a joke. Guess he doesn’t realize that probably the wealthiest suburb in the state lies directly across the 8 mile border from Detroit… and honestly how much time are you going to spend in the city? Get this joker out of here

soxluv
5 years 6 months ago

Cosmopolitan pretty much means you like to spend time in the city, not the suburbs, no matter how wealthy they are. Chicago has much more to offer in terms of art, museums, night life, shopping…

davidwagner
5 years 6 months ago

I’m guessing that by “cosmopolitan,” Damon’s wife means “a place in which one can get hammered on expensive drinks and have a reasonable chance of seeing equally vapid famous people” — a definition that fits Chicago better than Detroit, but not as much as she would probably like. It’s all pretty pointless, though, as I’m not confident that Johnny Damon’s wife can define a four syllable word with any more accuracy than can you guys.

davidwagner
5 years 6 months ago

Or rather, five. Ace proofreading there, Dave.

jwsox
5 years 6 months ago

that same site does say that he would probably be the starting left fielder…I would assume that moves Juan to CF and rios to RF and Carlos to DH