Damon and Detroit closing the gap
In a joint blurb by FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, according to a “one major league source,” there is “now only a ‘small difference’ of opinion between the Tigers and Johnny Damon as to what the outfielder’s salary should be.” Damon is said to be contemplating two deals from Detroit, one a one-year offer worth slightly more than $7 million, as well as $14 million, two-year offer authorized last week by owner Mike Ilitch. As Jason Beck points out, though we are being told that the two parties – Detroit and Damon – are shortening the gap in their proposed numbers, Damon could continue to sit on his decision until the weekend, as full-squad workouts do not begin until the 23rd.
Morosi and Rosenthal speculate that the White Sox, who were mentioned as a surprise bidder for Damon just recently, might have actually surpassed the Atlanta Braves – who have not ramped up their efforts to land the left fielder – as Detroit’s main competition for the 36-year old veteran. However, this seems rather unlikely when viewed in relation to various other reports which have described Chicago’s interest in Damon as nothing more than due diligence.
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