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Damon to sign with Tigers

Posted on: February 20, 2010 6:33 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2010 7:01 pm
 
Johnny Damon is going to be a Tiger.

Two major-league sources confirmed to CBSSports.com that the team and Damon have reached agreement on a one-year, $8 million deal, pending a physical, giving the Tigers a strong left-handed presence at the top of the batting order and finally giving Damon a home after a long and sometimes strange winter.

Damon gets a contract for significantly less than the $13 million he made each of the last four years with the Yankees, but for more than the $6 million the Yankees were eventually talking about offering him last month. The Tigers, meanwhile, get a hitter who has scored 100 runs 10 times in his career and has been part of World Series championship teams with both the Red Sox and the Yankees.

The Tigers were lacking in left-handed hitters, and with the trade of Curtis Granderson and the departure of Placido Polanco as a free agent, they were also looking weak at the top of the lineup. Damon batted second for the Yankees in 2009, but he has been a leadoff hitter for much of his career.

The 36-year-old Damon isn't a perfect fit for the Tigers, because at this stage of his career he is no longer a good outfielder. Between Damon and Carlos Guillen, the Tigers will fill the left field and designated hitter spots.

Damon said many times last season that he wanted to remain with the Yankees, but he also let out word that he was looking for a multi-year deal for the same money he made last year. The negotiations never seemed to go well, and in the end the two sides couldn't even agree on whether there was ever a true offer on the table.

At other times during the winter, Damon seemed headed for the A's, the Braves and the White Sox. But in recent weeks the Tigers were always considered the favorite, in large part because agent Scott Boras was able to convince owner Mike Ilitch that Damon could be make the Tigers a playoff team.

The Damon signing will send the Tiger payroll to nearly $130 million, shockingly high for a team that plays in an economically depressed city and spent the first part of the winter trying to cut back. There will be those who will wonder why the Tigers didn't simply retain Granderson, a younger player and much better defender who will make just $5.5 million in 2010 under a reasonable contract that runs through 2013.

The Tigers would argue that the Granderson deal, which also sent pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks, allowed them to fill other needs (such as closer and shortstop). The other huge factor is Ilitch, who is 80 years old, ultra-competitive, and a veteran of dealings with Boras that have for the most part worked out well for the Tigers (Pudge Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez, Kenny Rogers).

Besides, by signing Damon for just one year, the Tigers have retained plenty of payroll flexibility beginning next winter. The team has only about $55 million committed for 2011 contracts, with bad deals for Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson and others set to expire after this year.

Category: MLB
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:36 pm
 

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Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Damon to sign with Tigers

Yeah-got Johnny 8mil for one year. Weren't they looking for 2 or 3 years at 13mil per?
Not even close. It's not just Boras, blame Johnny, too. There have been stories/rumors about his financial problems circulating for years: bad investments,gambling,alimony,child support. It may not be about winning for him,m aybe he has enough bling(2WS rings), now it's time for adding to his nest egg.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2010 11:48 am
 

Damon to sign with Tigers

You prolly love it back in '06 when or if you jumped on the mand wagon when Robertson, Bonderman, Guillen, and MAGS were a main reason they did what they did....fickle fickle fans!




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2010 10:23 am
 

Damon to sign with Tigers

what was it then?



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2010 10:16 am
 

Damon to sign with Tigers

Bottom line Sportsfan, Boras did his job and got Damon 1.8 million more and himself 200k more than what the Yanks would have gave him period. It's all about the money I believe at this point for Damon. He has nothing left to accomplish, he's got his rings. At this point it's about getting as much as he can before retiring in the next year or two I believe.


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