Ken Rosenthal is reporting that former Yankees OF Johnny Damon is set to receive a two-year/$14 million offer from the Detroit Tigers. Earlier today, it was said that the Tigers were willing to dish out one-year at around $7 million.
-Damon, who had been a Yankee since 2006, had an excellent contract year in 2009. In 143 games, Damon slugged 24 home runs with 82 runs batted in. This coming hitting behind All-Star Derek Jeter.
-It had been clear that Damon had wanted to return to the world champion Yankees, but he had wanted an offer in the dollar range of two-years/$19 million. In November, the Yankees offered him the same exact two-year deal that Rosenthal is reporting, but Johnny’s agent Scott Boras urged him to decline.
-Following the acquisition of Curtis Granderson and Randy Winn, the Yankees dropped out of the Damon bidding, leaving him without a home. The Braves and Tigers have stepped up as of late, and it would be more logical for Damon to remain in the American League where he can serve as a DH.
We will have more on Johnny Damon’s contract situation as we learn more.