Tigers Considering Damon, Pierre

2:22pm: Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio and ESPN tweets that the Tigers are also considering Juan Pierre. The thought would be to add a table-setter type and then let Brennan Boesch and Delmon Young drive in the extra runs rather than trying to add a middle-of-the-order hitter.

1:07pm: The Tigers are pursuing Johnny Damon, a source tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter).  Morosi adds that at this point, he's a stronger possibility for the club than Derrek Lee.

Detroit lost designated hitter Victor Martinez for the 2012 season last week when the switch-hitter tore his ACL during his offseason workouts, leaving a hole in their lineup. Though Damon turned 38 this offseason, he still posted respectable offensive numbers last season, batting .261/.326/.418 with 16 homers and 19 steals in 647 plate appearances for the Rays, most of which came as a DH.

A signing would make for a reunion between the two sides, as Damon spent the 2010 season as Detroit's primary DH, though he did make 36 outfield appearances that year. His outfield time was even more sparse in Tampa, with only 16 appearances to his credit.

Since becoming a full-time player in 1996, Damon has never played in fewer than 141 games in a season; he's averaged 655 plate appearances per season and played for six different teams in that time.

Steve Adams contributed to this post.


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65 Comments on "Tigers Considering Damon, Pierre"


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AFCFAN06
3 years 5 months ago

cheaper not better options

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Patrick the Pragmatist
3 years 5 months ago

No surpirse there.    I can’t see Jimmy Leyland being stuck with a Vlad or a Matsui who is only good for DH duty at this point. 

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Onetimeaccount
3 years 5 months ago

Damon is only good for DH duty at this point.

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Civilization
3 years 5 months ago

Damon was only good for DH duty on his first tour of duty with the Tigers. It didn’t stop Jim before, and I doubt it will stop him now. We’ve given Carlos Guillen enough time in the field to show defense isn’t our number one priority.

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Lastings
3 years 5 months ago

How about Jim sticking Avila at third for game, so he could squeeze in as many bats in an NL lineup as possible.

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3 years 5 months ago

In fairness, Avila was a third baseman before he was drafted.

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Lastings
3 years 5 months ago

That shouldn’t be convincing enough for a manager to allow him to start there. He never once played that position professionally prior to his one start, and it showed when he played there in Colorado.

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Civilization
3 years 5 months ago

Touche. I had actually forgot that little trial by Jim.

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3 years 5 months ago

So is Delmon Young. If that.

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FunkyTime
3 years 5 months ago

Not with Delmon Young on the roster …

I’m not for signing Damon at all, but he’s not as bad in LF as Delmon.

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wrestlingcritic
3 years 5 months ago

No, Damn it No!

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NYBravosFan10
3 years 5 months ago

who haven’t the Tigers considered? That might be the better question

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3 years 5 months ago

Damon is in my mensch hall of fame. Fine DH still and good clubhouse presence like what Martinez was. Hopefully they get him.