According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, Johnny Damon is now officially a former Yankee as he signed a one-year deal worth more than $7 million to play for the Detroit Tigers.
This means that Damon turned down a chance to play for the Yankees over $1 million. No matter how he and Scott Boras try to spin this it’s going to look bad.
It’s no surprise that Damon signed just days after the White Sox pulled their offer off the table leaving the Tigers as the only real suitor he had left. Pitchers and catchers have already reported and position players report next week. With such little time and only one suitor left, he really had no choice but to take what was offered to him.
More recently, Damon and the Tigers were haggling over deferred money and Boras was still holding out for a multi-year deal. The fact that he’s signed a one-year deal makes me think that there isn’t a whole lot of deferred money.
Update: Jon Morosi of Fox Sports confirmed that the deal is indeed done pending a physical and that it’s actually worth $8 million.