Johnny Damon Says He Will Stay In Detroit

3:20pm: Damon says he's "not going," according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

2:45pm: Damon spoke to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe on his way to the ballpark today, saying he's still leaning toward staying with the Tigers.  However, he would change his mind if the Tigers tell him they plan to reduce his playing time in favor of younger players.

9:05am: Johnny Damon, the Red Sox, and Tigers have until 1:30pm eastern time on Wednesday to decide whether Damon will rejoin his old team, reports WEEI's Alex Speier.  The two clubs would have to reach an agreement, and Damon would have to approve it.

Damon was ready to go to the Yankees or Rays, reports Tom Gage of the Detroit News, but the Red Sox had first dibs.  MLB Network's Peter Gammons tweets that the Tigers explained to Damon that the Red Sox claimed Damon because they want him, not as a blocking move.  Gammons says the Rays did not even make a claim.  Damon told reporters last night he's "definitely leaning" toward staying in Detroit, as he'd like to help young Tigers players develop and wants to return in 2011.  He left the door open on his decision, as he needs to talk to GM Dave Dombrowski about what would be in the team's best long-term interest.

I think Damon will approve the trade or claim, if the teams can reach an agreement.  It can't be measured, but Damon might agree that an extra $1.8MM is better for the Tigers' future than one month of his mentoring.  I agree with ESPN's Buster Olney that Damon will be mostly embraced by Red Sox fans.  Finally, Damon is a competitive player and Boston's 21% chance of reaching the playoffs sure beats Detroit's 0.36% shot.

Let's hear your prediction: will Damon accept a trade to Boston?  Click here to make your pick and here to see the results of the poll.


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128 Comments on "Johnny Damon Says He Will Stay In Detroit"


bleachercreature
5 years 5 days ago

Damon will definitely not be welcomed back haha. He’s going to stay in detroit anyway

ugotrpk3113
5 years 5 days ago

Why wouldn’t Damon be welcomed back? The majority of Sox fans are already excited (same people that booed him…) that he could be. For instance, my girlfriend found out about him possibly coming back and she’s excited. Does she even know what’s going on? No.

This is what happens in Boston.

5 years 5 days ago

Johnny Damon is a TRAITOR. THAT is why he won’t be welcomed back!

ugotrpk3113
5 years 5 days ago

Oh please. He did what anyone else would have done – He took more money.

I’ll offer you 50 million and someone else offers you 35. You tell me which you would take and then I will call you a traitor afterwards.

moonraker45
5 years 5 days ago

I’d take the 35 because I’m a die hard red sox fan!!!

ugotrpk3113
5 years 5 days ago

That’s cool. I’ll become a Yankee fan for 50. No questions asked. I could care less what anyone thought about me (besides my family) for that money.

moonraker45
5 years 5 days ago

lol dude, I’m not a red sox fan and i’m totally joking..

MaineSox
5 years 5 days ago

I’m a die hard Sox fan too, but we’ve all seen what the Sox Office thinks of loyalty from their players (Arroyo, and Lowell for example) it’s a business for the players too.

fitz
5 years 5 days ago

If he never made that comment vowing never to play for the Yankees I wouldn’t hate the guy but truth is that he’s a liar so screw him.

caseyo4
5 years 5 days ago

Like him, I’m leaning towards him staying. Even the positive press about a player wanting to be in Detroit might help us in the FA market.

5 years 5 days ago

What does it matter if Damon wants to be a Tiger in 2011? He can just accept the trade and then go to Detroit as a FA?

There are still some ex-teammates like Youk, Wakefield and Ortiz. And I can’t think why he and scrappy guys like Pedroia and Lowrie couldn’t get along.

dc21892
5 years 5 days ago

I believe the problem lies with Boston management. I agree though, he can get along with the players just fine. But Damon has more of a problem with the way they handled his situation in his free agent year.

ugotrpk3113
5 years 5 days ago

Imagine if you were asked to pack up and move for one month of work. If the work was potentially the same (in this case a slim shot at the playoffs), would you even bother?

Also – It’s pretty well known that the Sox clubhouse is just not the same as it was during Damon’s first go around. It’s not like he’s going to just fit right in…

5 years 5 days ago

They still play the Yankees and the Rays six times a piece. So they are surely still in it.

5 years 5 days ago

The Red Sox have a chance…the Tigers do not. Now I don’t think the Red Sox will make the playoffs, but they certainly could.

5 years 5 days ago

I don’t know if I really agree with the fact that he’s going to be “mostly embraced.” He won a World Series LAST YEAR with the Yankees and also publicly trashed the Red Sox organization and fanbase recently. I don’t even think its clear yet if the Sox did this to block the Rays & Yanks or if they actually want Damon back so it could be moot.

Slopeboy
5 years 5 days ago

This was a block move. Damon does not hold any significant statistical advantage over any of the Sox OFer’s. He’s been a DH for the most part and his OF play has been an adventure the last few years. He did recently trash Boston, and after 5 years that was needless.As far as his welcome, do they still tar and feather ‘traitors’ up in Boston?

5 years 5 days ago

The tar is heating up as we speak…just stay in Detroit there Johnny boy!

5 years 5 days ago

except that neither TB or NY placed a claim.

5 years 5 days ago

Except that

A. The Red Sox wouldn’t know this at the time they make the claim
B. The Yankees and Tampa wouldn’t have been able to make the claim after the Red Sox did because the Red Sox held the highest priority

So…

JohnPaulP
5 years 5 days ago

Damon’s decision to go back to Boston has nothing to do with the team or playoffs and everything to do with how he thinks the fans will treat him. In Kansas City, Oakland, and Detroit he was/is just a baseball player. In New York he was news the first few times the Yankees played the Red Sox, but eventually just became another JAG. In Boston though, he was Jesus, he was the Caveman, he was a fan favorite and cult hero. He got to ~rock out~ on stage with Mike Piazza and some band at the 2005 All-star game and people loved it even though he looked like an idiot.

No doubt if he could go back in time he’d take the money with the Yankees again, but a part of me always thought he missed the status he had in Boston. If he thinks there’s a chance the fans will treat him like they did back in 2005, I think he’ll accept the trade.

ugotrpk3113
5 years 5 days ago

If he was smart, like I’m sure he is, then fan reaction is the last thing on his mind. The minute he gets into the batter box he’ll get a standing ovation.

Now – Maybe he just doesn’t want to leave Detroit… That’s a much more realistic outlook.

JohnPaulP
5 years 5 days ago

How he gets treated and remembered is probably the ONLY thing on his mind. Like someone said before, he makes the 1.8mm either way, and neither team is probably going to the playoffs. It’s about more than a standing ovation with him when it comes to Boston.

JohnPaulP
5 years 5 days ago

Haha, you made the comment about being the same money/same situation earlier. Well played sir.

Cougardad
5 years 5 days ago

Smart??? have you ever heard him speak. I don’t often hear the words smart and Johnny Damon together.

MaineSox
5 years 5 days ago

Actually “idiot” comes to mind…

verlander
5 years 5 days ago

He has a speech impediment.

Cougardad
5 years 5 days ago

I know he has overcome a stuttering issue, however actually listen to what he says. He is an egotistical moron. The worst combination possible.

JohnPaulP
5 years 5 days ago

That being said, if he doesn’t think he’d be that same guy, I doubt he’d accept the trade so he could preserve his memory of how ~awesome~ he was back in the day. One thing I’ve learned from watching Damon is that he’s got an ego. Not in a Bonds/Clemens/LBJ/Favre kind of way, but the dude loves himself and he loves to be loved.

ugotrpk3113
5 years 5 days ago

I’m not sure if I see that or not. You might be right.

I just don’t think personal legacy is Damon’s MO….

Slopeboy
5 years 5 days ago

You’re correct about his ego. When in NY last week,on his first at-bat he was given a very nice ovation by the NY fans and proceeded to milk it shamelessly. It wasn’t like the fans went nuts or anything, but he stepped out the box and doffed his cap and actually waited until the applause died down to hit. If he does sign with the Red Sox he should not expect that greeting again.

5 years 5 days ago

Has EVERYTHING to do with MONEY and his EGO.

yankeeboy98
5 years 5 days ago

The only reason the Red Sox claimed him is because the Yankees and Rays were on Damon’s list of teams that he would accept a trade to, and the Red Sox weren’t. This was just to make sure neither of them got Damon. The Sox need reinforcements, but not Johnny Damon.

5 years 5 days ago

Yankees Suck!

baseballdude
5 years 5 days ago

damon is a descent player he fouls off pitches he has a good eye he has speed and some power. i dont know much about the red sox but i think damon would be an upgrade over there other outfielders

qbass187
5 years 5 days ago

There’s no way the RED SOX would know about his “non trade” list before the claim.
They definitely wanted to keep him away from both but also figured the $1.8 mil was worth the extra body in the OF & the publicity that will/has come with this.
IF Damon comes back, it will be a media bonanza for at least the first 2 weeks and if they make any headway toward a playoff spot…even better.
Don’t forget, the RED SOX have the longest sell-out streak in the history of baseball they need to think about too and that is currently in danger.

5 years 5 days ago

In reality, any bad blood is between the Sox front office and Boras…. not with Johnny. Don’t forget that Boras kept Sox thinking that there was a 6 yr/75 mil deal on the table for Damon before he signed with the Yanks for just a couple mil more than what the Sox were already offering.

Most people jumped on Damon for going to the Yanks…. any soreness should be directed at Boras for the way he misled the Sox.

yankeeboy98
5 years 5 days ago

In my mind, the Red Sox only want to get Damon for the following two reasons.

1) The Yankees and Rays are on Damon’s list of teams he would accept a trade to, and the Red Sox aren’t. They just claimed Damon so neither NY or Tampa could get him.

2) Damon returning would give some Sox fans a reason to still go to games in September when Boston’s pretty much done. I can see the ads now:

“Come see the 2004 ALCS hero Johnny Damon this Sunday at Fenway and get a free Johnny Damon bobblehead!”

So, the Red Sox really don’t want Damon. Its just so their AL East contenders didn’t get him before they could.

5 years 5 days ago

When does Fenway EVER do things like bobblehead nights? Have you ever been there? I’m assuming you haven’t.

BaseballFanatic0707
5 years 5 days ago

The Red Sox don’t do fan give-aways, or is it just no bobbleheads?

If it’s the former, that’s really messed up.

5 years 5 days ago

They never do fan give-aways. At least not anymore.

IHateJoeBuck
5 years 5 days ago

What’s the need? They’re selling out all the time.

5 years 5 days ago

Your homerism is showing through. Like bkmvincent said, Fenway NEVER does anything like “Bobblehead” night…also, Sox are only 5.5 games back with 12 games left against the Yanks/Rays…they’re far from out of it…in fact, given the way the 3 teams are playing at the moment & their remaining schedules…I’d say the Yankees should be worried about being the odd man out of the AL east

moonraker45
5 years 5 days ago

Considering that the yanks rotation has become pretty shakey behind CC, and the fact that the yankees still have 2 series left with the jays who seem to play them tough always, you might be right.

moonraker45
5 years 5 days ago

Yankees remaining games- Road-Toronto – White Sox- Texas- Tampa- Baltimore-Toronto
Home- Oakland- Toronto-Baltimore-Tampa (4) -Boston

Red Sox Remaining games- Road-Tampa-Baltimore-Oakland- Seattle-Yankees-White Sox
Home- Seattle-White sox-Tampa-Toronto-Baltimore-NYY

yankeeboy98
5 years 5 days ago

Sorry, I didn’t mean to offend Red Sox fans saying Fenway gives out bobble-heads. I didn’t know they meant so much to you. Please forgive me.

And, I don’t think the Sox are out of it yet. I was just saying if they were. And yes, they are on the Yankees’ tail. Happy now Red Sox fans? Did I make your day better?

moonraker45
5 years 5 days ago

Why does everyone keep thinking I’m a red sox fan? Do you not see Snider as my pic :S

PujolsHollidayWestbrook
5 years 5 days ago

Looks like Jesus, acts like Judas, throws like Mary…a BoSawx reunion would be just plain blasphemy.

redsandyanksfan
5 years 5 days ago

Can i ask something about your screenname? You got the 2 best positional players but why westbrook? should be carpenter or wainwright ha but i liked your post

PujolsHollidayWestbrook
5 years 5 days ago

My previous screen name was PujolsHollidayLudwick, as in the batting order after the Redbirds traded for Holliday. After Ludwick was traded, in protest to how much of a glaring hole it put in our lineup, I changed it to the player who we traded for. Now my name makes about as much sense as the trade.

redsandyanksfan
5 years 5 days ago

Ah okay makes more since now,

It_Is_What_It_Is_Ormaybenot
5 years 5 days ago

I sure hope he blocks it, we don’t really want him back anyway, he’d take playing time from someone who wants to be here.

Maaaac
5 years 5 days ago

1) The Red Sox claimed him because they are desperate for hitters. Ellsbury, Pedroia, Youk, and Cameron all out. This would give them a little help. The Yanks don’t want or need Johnny. The Rays may want his bat, but they wouldn’t take on the dough and really don’t need him.

2) The Red Sox still have a 21% chance at the playoffs? Really? With all the injuries they have to all the key players and positions and they still have that high a percentage. Get real.

moonraker45
5 years 5 days ago

1) no
B) yes

MaineSox
5 years 5 days ago

21% is a statistical fact. Facts don’t take into consideration things like your opinion.

5 years 5 days ago

Lol…Yankee fans arguing against mathematical facts. Too funny. For the record, the reason it is at 21% is due to how they’ve played with the injuries. Without injuries this year it would be damn near 100%, and the Red Sox would be probably 10 games up…yeah that’s sour grapes, yeah injuries happen, but this Red Sox team could’ve been better than 04 and 07, so I’m going to bitch about it until next April.

NYY92
5 years 5 days ago

so im guessing damon plays left and then macdonald and kalish share center if this were to go through.i think it would deffy be intresting to see damon back in boston,mixed reactions from the crowd.he played really well as a yankee every year for us.always got on base and never really complained to his team or manager.

moonraker45
5 years 5 days ago

“Damon told reporters last night he’s “definitely leaning” toward staying in Detroit, as he’d like to help young Tigers players develop and wants to return in 2011.”

Damon wants to help young Tiger players develop what exactly? Bad Hygiene??

Mitch_Cole173
5 years 5 days ago

“What we had in Boston — I stress had, from 2002 to 2005 — we had a special bunch of guys,” Damon said. “And after the 2004 season, guys started leaving. And in 2005, how (Mark) Bellhorn left, how Alan Embree left, how Kevin Millar was being treated there. That’s something that sticks with you. It was a totally new team.
Johnny Damon

What exactly is he talking about? Bellhorn was worthless, Embree was just ok, and Millar was still being trewated like a God in Boston (as far as I know). What does he mean?

start_wearing_purple
5 years 5 days ago

Bellhorn really did get the short end of the stick, he was the huge part of 2004 that no one ever talks about. Personally I believe he was more valuable in the WS than Manny was. The problem in 2005 was he could never adjust back to batting 9th. Embree in 2005 had forgotten how to pitch, good business to get rid of him, if your bullpen can’t hack it say goodbye. I’m not sure how Millar was mistreated… because he was platooned with a better defender and actually better hitter in Olerud? I remember fans still delighted in the fact that he was simply there being funny.

Damon really wants his cake and eat it too. Basically he’s accusing Boston fans of being disloyal without admitted he left Boston for the money.

Mitch_Cole173
5 years 5 days ago

I give all the credit in the world to Bellhorn for his role in the ’04 run. But even before that, he was just an ok journeyman. His career high in average is .261, and that was when he was in Chicago. After his atrocious numbers in ’05 with Boston, the Yankees signed him as a utility man, and he didn’t get much playing time, but only put up half decent numbers. After the yanks, he bounced around (yet again) to San Diego, to Cincy, to Colorado, to free agency, and anywhere else that I can’t think of. As it stands now, he should just go to the beer leagues, he’d be alright there.

verlander
5 years 5 days ago

How is he accusing the fans of anything? All I heard was, “The front office jerked people around! I’m still bitter!”

verlander
5 years 5 days ago

//Bellhorn was worthless, Embree was just ok, and Millar was still being trewated like a God in Boston (as far as I know).//

And? He’s not allowed to be upset over how the FO treated his teammates?

5 years 5 days ago

I think Damon is full of garbage. How can he say he’d like to stay in Detroit and help to develop the younger talent, and in the same breath say he would accept a trade to NY or Tampa? Is his ego that fragile that a little razzing from Boston Fans about becoming a “turn-coat” would keep him away from the town that made him a star? Let Detroit keep him.

Mitch_Cole173
5 years 5 days ago

Maybe he’s just trying to make the return even more dramatic?

$1519287
5 years 5 days ago

Its baseball politics. He (and majority of other players) says what that teams fans and or FO want to hear, even if he doesn’t believe in what he is saying.

Steelslayer
5 years 5 days ago

This is a bizarre soap opera. The Sox have no shame by putting in a claim on this goof. He sold them out for bigger yankee money, he should stay in Detroit. I can’t see how Sox fans would want him back—besides I think they are still going to have a real tricky time getting the Wild Card, so why spend the extra money?

5 years 5 days ago

There could be mass suicide in Boston. The Red Sox claim Damon & Manny. They make the playoffs then get swept in the first round. To end the scenario both become free agents and leave again for a real contender

5 years 5 days ago

I think its like making a deal with the devil. He had no problam abandoning us. We didnt need him then and we dont need him now!!! I cant stand him he looks like a monkey, and hes a jerk!

start_wearing_purple
5 years 5 days ago

Don’t you mean like making a deal with the anti-Christ?

5 years 5 days ago

Stay in Detroit Benedict Arnold – we don’t want you in Boston!!!

IHateJoeBuck
5 years 5 days ago

We don’t want him in Detroit either. Send him back to KC for all I care.