Tigers designated hitter Johnny Damon has told Detroit News baseball writer Tom Gage that he will have a difficult time deciding whether to return to the Red Sox, who claimed him on waivers Monday.
"I have to think long and hard about this," Damon said. "I hadn't even thought about playing for that team again. Never crossed my mind."
Damon played for the Red Sox from 2002-2005 but angered Boston fans when he joined the Yankees as a free agent prior to the 2006 season. Negotiations with the Red Sox never progressed to the point of the team offering a fifth year, which led to his departure.
"[I] had a great time playing for Boston," Damon said. "When it became apparent I was not a necessity to re-sign, it got ugly."
Damon added that it will be a "tougher decision now (to return to Boston) than leaving Boston."
According to a tweet from Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, Johnny Damon is "not inclined to go back to Boston." The Red Sox claimed their former center fielder, now a desiginated hitter for the Tigers, off waivers from Detroit Monday. Damon has a clause in his contract that allows him to block trades to 21 teams, with the Red Sox on among the teams he can veto a move to. The Boston Herald reports that, for what it's worth, both the Yankees and the Rays were on the list of teams the Tigers could trade Damon to without his permission.
Damon would likely move back to the outfield should he be acquired by the Red Sox, but with Damon having the power to veto even a straight release of him to the Red Sox, it seems a move is far from a sure thing.
With Monday's news that the Red Sox have claimed outfielder/DH Johnny Damon off waivers from the Tigers, count Tim Waklefield among the current Sox players who would welcome their former teammate back.
"I think it would be great," Wakefield said of the possibility of Damon returning on Monday. "Obviously, with [Jacoby] Ellsbury and [Mike] Cameron out probably for the rest of the year, if we're going to make a push for the postseason, he'd be a great addition. He knows how to play here. He was a huge fan favorite here. It would be great for the city of Boston and great for him."
Damon and Wakefield played together in Boston from 2002-2005. The outfielder signed with the Yankees prior the 2006 season before inking a free agent deal with the Tigers last offseason. In his first campaign with the Tigers, Damon is hitting .270 with seven homers and 40 runs batted in. He has served as the DH in 17 of...
The Red Sox claimed Johnny Damon off waivers from the Detroit Tigers, according to a tweet from Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman. Damon has a no-trade clause in his contract that specifically applies to the Red Sox, so any move between the two teams for the outfielder could face complications.
Damon has served as a left fielder and designated hitter for the Tigers this year, batting .270 with seven homers and 40 runs batted in. After playing his first seven seasons in Kansas City and Oakland, Damon signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2002 season and spent four seasons in Boston. He won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 but hurt his local reputation by signing with the Yankees prior to 2006. This season is Damon's first in Detroit.
Now 36, Damon has posted .288/.355/.487 totals with 214 homers, 1,036 RBI and 382 stolen bases. He has 2,536 hits...
The Red Sox, look to try to get their series opener with the Mariners underway despite rain on Monday night. John Lackey, who dominated the Mariners in his lone start against his former division rivals this season, gets the ball for the Red Sox. He has gone six or more innings in six of his last seven starts.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Mike Lowell, 1B
7. Jed Lowrie, 2B
8. Daniel Nava, LF
9. Ryan Kalish, CF
SP -- John Lackey
To see how the Red Sox stack up against Mariners starter Doug Fister, click here.
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Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
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John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
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An impassioned Dale Arnold and Michael Holley discuss the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson, and how the Vikings wasted little time in reinstating him to active duty after sitting him for one week vs the Patriots.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
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Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
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