Whether or not a deal is official, OF Johnny Damon sure thinks he is coming to the Indians. Damon has been texting, emailing and outright saying he and the Indians have reached an agreement to bring him to Cleveland. Here is Damon in an interview with Sirius XM radio on the deal.
Damon also told ESPN’s Jim Bowden that a deal “has been finalized”. Cleveland beat writers seem to be shy to make any comment on Twitter about the deal until they get some sort of conformation from the Indians. Alas, Bowden reports that the deal is for one year, $1.25 million with up to $1.4 million in performance bonuses.
Damon, in turn, is already thinking about his jersey number-
“Johnny Damon told us if Jason Kipnis would like a nice watch…and if No. 22 isn’t that important to him…he’d like to wear it”
It seems the only thing that could throw a monkey wrench in the deal is a physical. But if you are the Indians, you are probably pretty interested in that physical.
The 38-year-old hit .261/.326/.418 with 16 home runs, 73 RBI and 19 stolen bases last season for the Tampa Bay Rays.
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