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Boras keeps spinning his web on Damon

Feb 13, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

Buster Olney’s Saturday column for ESPN.com (requires subscription) includes a rather interesting nugget of information regarding Johnny Damon. It seems that the “two-year offer” bandied about by Ken Rosenthal the other day might have been pushed along with the expectation that Damon would eventually only accept a one-year deal with the club.

According to some executives involved in the
negotiation, the current expectation is that Damon will sign a one-year deal with the Tigers for $7 million, with some deferred money, and in turn, his camp will indicate that he turned down a two-year deal.

In other words,Tigers’ owner Mike Ilitch would help Boras save face for completely failing one of his clients. This might be done not just with the general public or even Damon in mind, but other possible clients, who saw Felipe Lopez show him the door on Friday.

  1. RobRob - Feb 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    I’ll ask the obvious question: How does this (i.e., turning down a mythical two-year offer) help Johnny Damon?
    And if it’s all about Boras (which it often seems to be), how does this really help his standing with other clients?
    Boras: Hey Proseptive Client X, I really turned a tough situation around for Johnny. My negotiating skills gave him so many choices he actually turned down a two-year offer.
    Prospective Client X: Excuse me?

  2. Old Gator - Feb 13, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Johnny…Damon. Hmmm, for some reason that name sounds so familiar. Have we heard it here before?

  3. Geek - Feb 14, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    I would be surprised if there are real offers that Damon is mulling over. My sense is that Boras is using the press to place doubt in the minds of those few teams that might be willing to write a check. A multi year offer for Damons bat is difficult to imagine.

  4. Old Gator - Feb 14, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Pardon my paranoia – I’ve been in an airliner cabin pressurized to 8000 ft ASL for the past hour and a half and gained a crummy twenty five hundred feet by stepping off in Denver for my connection.
    .
    My connecting flight, I mean. Sorry, fellow boomers, if you feel mislead by my idiom.
    .
    Anyway, I’m beginning to wonder if there really is a Johnny Damon. Could anyone’s employment situation really be this ridiculous in a robust economy like ours? I think he’s merely an Idoru, or at best lives entirely in an L/F (that’s goyishe for Aleph)in the Matrix like one of William Gibson’s virtual Voodoo lwas.
    .
    Okay, looks like my flight to Fort Lauderdale is on time after all. I just hope I don’t get stuck in a plane with a screaming brat like on the last leg. I had my media player cranked all the hell the way up and I could still hear the little cretin puelling right through my headset – and when you can cut through Jerry’s solo on “Row, Jimmy” you are one obnoxious kid. Children are horrible.
    .
    Craig, you planning to bestir yourself today, or are you packing in the whole weekend?

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