It isn’t official yet, but it looks like the Indians will be adding former Yankee, Johnny Damon.
It was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that he had signed with the Indians, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports later called the deal likely, but not finished. It does sound like it’s all but done. Rosenthal reported that the deal includes a no-trade clause for Damon and an opt-out clause after Grady Sizemore returns from the DL sometime in June.
This signing is actually pretty funny to me. There were rumors during the offseason that Damon was obsessed with his pursuit for 3,000 hits (he needs 277 more). So when he signs a deal with a team that is going nowhere, it includes an opt-out clause to keep him from becoming a useful bench piece, and also includes a no-trade clause so they can’t use him to help build for the future – it really shows what kind of mercenary he’s become.
I know that a lot of people won’t agree with me, but it is this kind of stuff that makes me happy that the Yankees picked Raul Ibanez over him this offseason.