Buster Olney’s Saturday column for ESPN.com (requires subscription) includes a rather interesting nugget of information regarding Johnny Damon. It seems that the “two-year offer” bandied about by Ken Rosenthal the other day might have been pushed along with the expectation that Damon would eventually only accept a one-year deal with the club.
According to some executives involved in the
negotiation, the current expectation is that Damon will sign a one-year deal with the Tigers for $7 million, with some deferred money, and in turn, his camp will indicate that he turned down a two-year deal.
In other words,Tigers’ owner Mike Ilitch would help Boras save face for completely failing one of his clients. This might be done not just with the general public or even Damon in mind, but other possible clients, who saw Felipe Lopez show him the door on Friday.