Johnny Damon Gets An Offer From The Tigers

James Johnson - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:55 p.m. ET

Free agent Johnny Damon has a new contract offer on the table according to Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski.

Dombrowski told the Associated Press during a telephone interview that the Tigers were interested in signing the 36 year old Yankees player.

Damon, who batted .286 with 24 home runs last season as part of the Yankees roster would more than likely bat lead-off, a spot left open by Curtis Grandserson who has headed to the Yankees.

The move would also provide the Tigers with a much needed left-handed batter and provide some veteran experience in outfield, although his weak arm could mean Damon fills one void and opens up another.

No word yet on how far along the offer has become, although the Braves are also said to be courting the veteran.

According to ESPN:

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[Damon] was coming off a $52 million, four-year contract. While he initially wanted a long-term deal at the same average salary, New York valued the 36-year-old at far less. The Yankees kept reducing their offer, claiming payrolls constraints.

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Other offers, including one by the Chicago White Sox have been withdrawn, making us believe his asking price may be pushing away certain prospects.

What do you think, would Damon make for a good choice in Detroit, or should he further entertain an Atlanta offer?


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