April 12th, 2012
Update: According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Indians and Damon have agreed on a one-year, $1.25 million contract. The deal also includes a no-trade clause and Damon can earn another $1.4 million in incentives.
Despite his defensive deficiencies, $1.25 million for Damon is a steal of a deal for the Indians. He’ll outperform his contract by the end of July.
Original Post, 9:08 am:After missing out on trading for Bobby Abreu, the Cleveland Indians have finally found the outfielder they have been searching for.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Indians will sign Johnny Damon. Terms of the potential deal haven’t been disclosed yet.
Damon, who played last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, put up a .261/.326/.418 slash line with 16 HR’s and 19 SB’s in 150 games. He is no longer the defensive player he was back in the day, but he represents a significant upgrade over Shelley Duncan in left. Duncan has never been anything more than a fourth OF in his career.
My only question for the Indians is what the heck took so long? If they were willing to part with players for Abreu last month, why didn’t they just sign Damon? That made little sense to me.
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