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Tigers, Damon not far from agreement

Feb 15, 2010, 9:24 PM EDT

A major league source has informed’s Jon Paul Morosi that the Tigers and free agent outfielder Johnny Damon are not far from agreement on a contract.

Whether it’s a one-year, $7 million deal or a two-year, $14 million pact, it appears we’re close to the end of this saga.  The Rays and Braves are still technically in the running for Damon’s services, but it’s doubtful those clubs will want to engage in any sort of bidding war for a player that has gone unwanted for so long.

Damon, 36, batted .282/.365/.489 with 24 homers and 107 runs scored last year for the
Yankees, but he has drawn very little interest this offseason mostly due to his lacking defensive abilities.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Then we get to see if Dombrowski has any pride after getting steamrolled by Ilitch yet again. He must feel a bit like Gene Michaels working for Phase I Steinbrenner, when the boss was really the Boss, but the comparison is probably more apparent than real. The decrepit Ilitch, of course, is more like George Clooney’s senior partner on the basement dialysis unit, respirator and the machine that goes peeng! in Intolerable Cruelty.
    I hope they play Damon in right field. Imagine the anguish of a lifelong Tiggers fan sitting in the mezzanine with his grandson and pointing out towards right field and explaining what kind of arm Al Kaline had. Yeeeeehahahahahahoooohahahheeeehahaha…..

  2. TerryFrancona - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    This guy is a bum. Not worth 3 million a season, he deserves to play in Tampa Bay.

  3. BaseballFan2 - Feb 15, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    I can’t imagine what Boras must have told/sold Dombrowski to get him to outbid himself. $7 a year to a guy who couldn’t command half of that from the Braves or the Rays? Unbelievable. How dumb can a man be?

  4. george - Feb 15, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    hey terryfrancona: what exactly do you mean that he deserves to play in tampa bay? is that team full of bums? please explain.

  5. Icomefromthefuture - Feb 15, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    If true, Illitch has just been punked by Boras …
    …. concentrate on hockey and making better pizza, Mike.

  6. R/Yankee - Feb 15, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    I wonder if Johnny gets 2/$14M if he’ll be saying “I could have gotten the same amount from the Yankees and had a chance to compete for another title.

  7. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    He’s goofing – “Terry Francona” is the manager of the Beanbags, whom the Rays knocked off a couple of years ago. Lingering resentment and all that.
    On the other hand, wishing that someone play in that concrete sepulchre they call the Tropicana Dump might be a rising gorge of ill will in and of itself.

  8. Nasty Boy - Feb 16, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    I smell a rat here, and I think its name is Boras. Think about this , for weeks now Damon can’t get anyone to give him more than two to four mil. per year , and all of a sudden the Tigers are going to give him fourteen mil. for two years. I smell a Boras scam in the works.The old timers used to call it : ( The old shell game )

  9. Hayez - Feb 16, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    I can’t figure out why in the hell the Tigers can come up with 14 mil for 2 yrs for an outfielder who can barely throw the ball to the cut-off man, without a hop, but can’t find enough cash to pay one of thier best pick-ups in years ( Edwin Jackson ).

  10. Hayez - Feb 16, 2010 at 2:06 AM

    I can’t figure out why in the hell the Tigers can come up with 14 mil for 2 yrs for an outfielder who can barely throw the ball to the cut-off man, without a hop, but can’t find enough cash to pay one of thier best pick-ups in years ( Edwin Jackson ).

  11. darb56 - Feb 16, 2010 at 3:43 AM

    If only Damon was of old. This would be a perfect fit. Mr Illitch should be Governor of Michigan. For him to step in he must see something we all don’t.

  12. Freddy - Feb 16, 2010 at 7:13 AM

    Once again a baseball GM overpays by bidding against himself. Damon is a product of Yankee Stadium, nothing more. He will be a huge bust in Detroit or anywhere not named Yankee Stadium. Detroit, enjoy watching old Johnny make some of those Dwight Evans’ like throws, oh wait, I meant Linda Evans’ like throws.

  13. Carlos Guillen - Feb 16, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    Left field is mine. Go away Johnny. You are a joke of a defensive player, and I know one when I see one.

  14. Don - Feb 16, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Grow a beard again, Johnny, and shove it up all these neasayer’s kiestas. Have one hellova year

  15. Chris G - Feb 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Duh, isn’t this pretty much what the Yanks offered him? Dopey Boras now has Damon playing in a crappy city where he doesn’t have nearly the same chance of winning a championship, and not nearly the chance of putting up the numbers he had in NY placed between Jeter and Texiera. Great deal.

  16. sydney12 - Feb 16, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Hey Chris G—-the big “D” is NOT a crappy city you dufus. Where are you from….Nebraska?

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