Red Sox Claim Johnny Damon

9:36pm: Damon repeated after tonight's game that he's leaning toward staying in Detroit, according to's Jason Beck (Twitter links). Damon's gut and his teammates are telling him to stay in Detroit.

3:45pm: Damon hasn't decided whether he'd accept an assignment to Boston, according to's Jason Beck, who notes that the outfielder has about 48 hours to make up his mind (Twitter link).

3:09pm: A no-trade clause does not necessarily give a player the right to prevent his team from handing him over on waivers, according to an MLB Players Association official who spoke to MLBTR this afternoon. In many cases, a player has a non-assignment clause that would prevent trades and waiver claims. However, not all players with no-trade clauses can prevent their teams from handing them over on waivers.

In other words, Damon's ability to prevent the Tigers from handing him to the Red Sox depends on the wording in his contract.

2:51pm: Damon told Ed Price of AOL FanHouse he's not inclined to go back to Boston (Twitter link).

2:28pm: The Red Sox claimed Johnny Damon off waivers from the Tigers, tweets SI's Jon Heyman.  The next question is whether the Tigers will work out a trade with the Sox, dump Damon on them for nothing, or pull him back.  Damon can veto a trade to the Red Sox.  Of Damon's $8MM salary, about $1.8MM remains.  Heyman opined earlier today that he believes the Tigers would let Damon go if a deal cannot be worked out.

Damon played for the Red Sox from 2002-05, but had an acrimonious departure and signed with the Yankees.  The Red Sox would be getting a diminished version of Damon this time, but he'd still be useful with Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury currently on the disabled list.  The Sox may have made the Damon claim to block the Rays or Yankees, but they know it is possible they end up with the player.

Damon, 36, predictably saw his power slip with the switch from Yankee Stadium to Comerica Park.  He's hitting .270/.355/.409 on the season and has logged only 268 innings in the outfield.  He profiles as a Type B free agent after the season, but an arbitration offer seems unlikely.

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