Reports: Johnny Damon Accepts Detroit Tigers Offer
Johnny Damon has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers to the tune of $ 8 million, reports said. The lefttfielder, who played a crucial role in the New York Yankees‘ World Series run last season, is likely to become the Tigers’ leadoff hitter.
The 36-year-old belted 24 home runs for the Yankees last year, with a .282 batting average. He is set to be reunited with two former Yankees teammates Phil Coke and Austin Jackson.
The Tigers were competing with the Chicago White Sox for the services of the two-time World Series champion. However, the White Sox finally gave way, with general manager Kenny Williams announcing on Saturday that his team was giving up on Damon as the Tigers’ offer was too high to match for Chicago.
Earlier reports indicated that Damon and his wife Michelle were leaning towards Chicago, but were apparently asking too much from the White Sox.