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Indians, Johnny Damon agree to one-year, $1.25 million deal

Apr 12, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Jon Heyman of reports that the deal is done. Damon will receive a one-year, $1.25 million contract and could take home an additional $1.4 million in performance bonuses. Nothing official yet from the Indians, but an announcement will presumably happen soon.

The 38-year-old made $5.25 million last season with the Rays while batting .261/.326/.418 with 16 homers, 73 RBI, 19 stolen bases and a .743 OPS over 150 games. He is 277 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

2:02 PM: Nick Camino reports that the only thing keeping the Johnny Damon-Indians deal unofficial is a physical and, when that’s out of the way, the Tribe and he should be able to announce the signing tomorrow morning.

Can’t wait to see Johnny playing left field all the time. But then again, I’ve always rooted for the underdog. And the underthrowers.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Sweet. Even as a Red Sox fan, MLB is better with Johnny in it.

    • daisycutter1 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      As a Yankee fan, I agree.

    • marshmallowsnake - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      I find it hard to root for Damon…he is a mercenary, and not really likable.

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

        Cant be a mercenary when 1 team calls you

  2. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Even if he’s taking playing time from Shelly Duncan, Craig? Your daughter will be so dissappointed….

  3. bigharold - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Glad to see Johnny back. He might not be the player he once was but he’s a good man to have when an important hit is needed.

  4. Mike Holmgrem's Chins - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Another stunning coup by the Indians front office! Oh well! At least Colt McCoy does not hacve the weakest arm in Cleveland anymore!

  5. allmyteamsareterrible - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM


  6. cserisey - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Wow. Maybe we will win 80 games now. Maybe.

    • gcbball3 - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      dont say we as if your an indians fan if you dont see the potential in this years team, and now weve added an everyday left fielder who should add 15 dingers and 60 plus ribbies, dont call yourself an indians fan chump, its nice to see the team trying to make moves i love the addition and u not so much

  7. mikeinthevine - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Well, this should be that last piece that pushes the Tribe past the Tigers. NOT!!! C’mon Dolan, do us all a favor and sell the team.

  8. shawnamer - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    So he will make his Indians debut in KC this weekend, how fitting.

    • jwbiii - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      A few weeks in extended spring training to get in game shape and a week in the minors to get some hacks in against pitchers not ticketed for rookie or short season A ball would be my guess.

  9. randygnyc - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Was sorry that the yankees never resigned him. Found him to be very likable. Hope he gets his 3000

  10. ahuston - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Mercenary? I beg to differ. To me, he passes the conversation test — is this somebody you’d enjoy meeting at a party? Definitely — team player all the way, interesting guy. The Red Sox made a business decision not to pay him, and he didn’t leave the Yankees on his own, they didn’t resign him. The guy loves to play, he’s positive in the clubhouse, quotable in the press, and just shy of 3000 hits. Why wouldn’t he want to play?

  11. dondada10 - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    The MLB Network said that Damon has a clause that allows him to opt for free-agency when Grady Sizemore is activated. I couldn’t find that anywhere else, though.

    • jwbiii - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:57 AM

      Why? Sizemore can’t carry his jock. Even in his prime, Grady was no JD, and he hasn’t been in his prime for a long time. As a lifelong Indians fan, I’d take Damon over Sizemore any day.

      • Kevin Gillman - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        I just don’t believe that. Even if Grady does come back, there is no guarantee he will play 10 straight games, so why take that chance and let Johnny go? No, he is here to stay for the entire season.

      • jackbutlermethod - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM

        Your assertion, “Even in his prime, Grady was no JD”, is wrong.

        Damon’s best OPS+ is 118. Sizemore topped that 4 years in a row (2005-2008).

        If you don’t believe in advanced stats, consider: Damon’s best showing in MVP balloting was 13th; Sizemore finished 11th, 12th, and 10th from 2007-2008.

        Grady was an elite talent. Damon’s had a nice career, too, but peak Sizemore was better than peak Damon.

  12. mrlynch33 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    So as soon as Grady comes back Damon is gonna leave, then, Grady will be out for the year…six games later….AWESOME!

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