Johnny Damon isn’t ready to call it a career. Via Lou DiPietro of the YES Network, Damon said of taking offers to continue his playing career, “I’ll listen, and it depends on how much time they give me to get ready.”
Damon is now 40 years old and hasn’t played in the major leagues since August 1, 2012 when he was with the Indians. It was the worst season of his career, as he finished with a .222/.281/.329 slash line, four home runs, and 19 RBI in 224 plate appearances.
If Damon doesn’t receive any offers, the 18-year veteran says of officially retiring, “I’ll probably finally announce it after spring training next year.”
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.