Tigers Sign Johnny Damon

The Tigers officially signed outfielder Johnny Damon to a one-year, $8MM deal today.  The contract contains a no-trade clause and no deferred money.

Damon reportedly turned down two offers to return to the Yankees this offseason, the first of which was worth $14MM over two years. The White Sox, Braves, Rays, and Blue Jays were also in the mix for the Scott Boras client.

The 36-year-old Damon hit .282/.365/.489 with a career high tying 24 homers in 2009, which was the best offensive output of his career in terms of OPS+ (126). UZR wasn't kind to his play in the field, saying he was worth -9.2 runs defensively during the course of the season.  The Tigers seemed to be headed toward a rebuilding year when they traded Curtis Granderson, but they subsequently added Damon and Jose Valverde.

Yahoo's Tim Brown first reported the agreement on Saturday.


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