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Johnny Damon mulling whether to accept move to Red Sox

Aug 23, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

According to Jason Beck of the Tigers have informed Johnny Damon that the Red Sox are indeed the team that placed a waiver claim on him and the veteran outfielder is now deciding whether or not he’d accept the move.
Damon has the Red Sox on the list of teams he can’t be traded or assigned to, so even if the two sides are able to work out a deal or the Tigers simply conclude they’re willing to dump his salary without receiving anything in return he has the ability to veto.
Things could get interesting if Damon decides he wouldn’t mind a return to Boston and the Tigers decide freeing up the $2 million he’s still owed this season is enough value to let him go, but short of that my guess is the Red Sox placed the claim primarily to block the Yankees and Rays from getting a crack at him.

  1. minnesconsin_ad - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    i don’t think damon is anything special anymore, but the guy has one very important attribute if you’re Boston: he’s healthy. He’s played in 111 games this year. Ellsbury and Cameron played in fewer than 70 combined. J.D. Drew has been the only guy able to stay in one place in that outfield, and he’s hitting .258.
    Damon might be worth something to that team.

  2. David - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Would he grow the beard again? Better than the crappy ‘hawk.

  3. Pisano - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Talk about grasping for straws ! Damon can’t help them , he’s in decline , and has been since last year . I really don’t understand what the Sox are trying to do with all these retreads . They need to get started on next year , because this one is totally over for them . At the start of the season they were picked third , and that’s where they’ll finish .

  4. Ari Collins - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    I don’t know, they’ve got a 20% shot, according to BP’s playoff odds. Not good, but not out of it. If acquiring Damon — which would only require money — gives them a percent or two more, it’s worth it. A .355 OBP is better than the 4th and 5th OFs they’ve been reduced to throwing out there.
    PR-wise, not so sure, obviously. As a Sox fan, I never felt any animosity to Damon, but I’m pretty even-keeled. Talk radio would have a field day.

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