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Johnny Damon turned down the Red Sox because he thought the Tigers wanted him

Mar 10, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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Remember last August when the Red Sox claimed Johnny Damon on waivers and some talk of a trade happened?  There was a day or two’s back and forth on that, as Damon had a limited no-trade clause that prevented him being traded to the Red Sox without his approval. Ultimately he said no to the idea and rejected the deal.

Today Damon tells Alex Speier of WEEI why he did so:  because he thought that the Tigers wanted him back in 2011. Except at the time Damon claimed that the determining factor was whether he’d get playing time down the stretch, not whether he’d be brought back for 2011.

Not that this is a giant issue or anything. It’s not like the Red Sox would have kept him either, and he’d probably still be in Tampa Bay right now.

But to the extent Damon’s current claim implies that the Tigers misled him or something, it seems to be a bit too much.  To take Damon’s word for it, he inquired last year if the Tigers were going to play him in 2010. He was satisfied with their answer.  As such, he shouldn’t be saying that it was anything the Tigers told him about 2011 that kept him from OK’ing a trade to Boston.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 10, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    There’s a saying. You know how you can tell when someone’s lying? There mouth’s open. We that fit’s Damon to a tee.

  2. Jack Marshall - Mar 10, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Damon, whatever his other qualities, really is, and always has been, an idiot.

  3. heyblueyoustink - Mar 10, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Maybe he and Cabrera are on the same diet plan and he’s going a little wonky

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 10, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    And if Damon had gone to Boston last year it would have been the difference between the Sox coming in third vs. coming in 3rd.

    • yankeesfanlen - Mar 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      Now the Rays can come in third.

      • fuggles7 - Mar 10, 2011 at 3:04 PM

        Yes.. behind the Red Sox and the Blue Jays

  5. henryd3rd - Mar 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Another BorAss client stakes out a stupid position, get screwed and then is left trying to explain why he and his Uber agent made a miscalculation. The Yankees offered two years $14,000,000.00. He wanted a third year and held out. The Tigers gave him one year $7,000,000.00. He took it with some understanding; but no guarantees that he’d be brought back in 2011.

    Bosox enter the picture looking for help down the stretch in 2010. He vetoes that trade and now he is left playing DH / left field for the Rays. He should have taken the Yankees up on their offer. He’d have been playing for a playoff contender or at the very least it would seems like Boston would have been a great place for him to end his career.

    Another BorAss client who miscalculated the world that he lives in.

    • tampafan24 - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:47 PM

      “stakes out a stupid position, get screwed and then is left trying to explain”

      Let’s look at what the alleged BorAss client gave up in that 14,000,000 million dollar contract. The state taxes in NY, if my numbers are correct are about 6.85% which makes that contract 13,000,000 for two years. Michigan state taxes are 4.835% which makes his contract with the Tigers comparatively worth 6,695,500. Damon signed for 5,250,000 with the Rays, and there is no state tax in Florida, so his two year deal that he got is worth 11,945,500 comparatively before federal taxes.

      So at the end of the day Damon gave up about 2,000,000 to be able to end his career playing baseball near his home in Orlando, and that is not calculating the cost of living in New York compared to Florida.

      Last I checked the Rays were still a contender this year and this doesn’t look like too much of a miscalculation.

  6. Glenn - Mar 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Though I don’t blame him for being a career mercenary, most of that is circumstance, he has to stop trying to appeal to everyone and just accept that he goes to the highest bidder just like most every other athlete. He could have been revered at any one of his earlier stops along the way if he stayed, but he didn’t.

  7. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    wasn’t all of this info released last year when the trade didn’t happen, must be a slow day.

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