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Red Sox reportedly place waiver claim on Johnny Damon

Aug 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the mystery team submitting a waiver claim for Johnny Damon was ... the Red Sox. Seriously.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the mystery team submitting a waiver claim for Johnny Damon was … the Red Sox. Seriously.

Of course, Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes that Damon has a no-trade clause that includes Boston, so that may be a hang-up even if the Red Sox and Tigers can work out a deal (he also can’t be “assigned” there, to get around the “trade” part).

Obviously the Red Sox could use the outfield help given their many injuries, but it may be too little too late considering they’re 6.5 games back in the AL East and 5.5 back in the Wild Card.

Plus, it’s possible Theo Epstein and company simply claimed Damon to block him from going to the Yankees or Rays.

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that an unknown team has claimed Johnny Damon off waivers, which means he can only be traded to that one team.

Detroit has 48 hours to potentially work out a deal, at which point they can either pull him back off waivers and keep Damon for the remainder of the season or simply let the claiming team assume his contract.

He’s owed about $2 million for the rest of the season, so giving him away for nothing could actually be an option with the Tigers all but out of contention at 61-63.

As for the identity of the mystery team, Buster Olney of ESPN.com speculates that the White Sox, Red Sox, Rays, and Rangers “make the most sense as a fit for Damon.”

  1. birdmancometh - Aug 23, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    It had to be the Giants though right? Don’t they claim EVERYBODY?

  2. Matt - Aug 23, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Heyman said it was the Red Sox on WFAN just now….

  3. Omega - Aug 23, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Will the fans of Boston welcome back their prodigal son with open arms, or a rain of boos and car batteries?

  4. Jack Marshall - Aug 23, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    The management has no beef with Johnny. He was a weasel, and was dumb to imply in public statements that he wouldn’t sign with NY, but everyone knows he’s a couple cold cuts short of a hoagie. He’s be a great pickup for the Sox, and the fans would welcome him back. Of course, as soon as he arrived, Adrian Beltre would crash into him and put him on the disabled list…

  5. Glenn - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Johnny was offered a fair contract by the Red Sox but the Yanks offered him a ridiculous amount more. I don’t think you can blame either Red Sox management or him for the departure. The fans only boo him because he went to the Yankees. I think he would be cheered if he returned. He was as much the face of the 2004 Sox as anyone.

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