GM Kenny Williams had a list of potential left-handed designated hitters written on a piece of paper at SoxFest last month. Remembering what I learned in J School back at Ohio U., I took a quick peek at some of the names when Kenny pulled the paper out of his pocket. Just kidding about that, but I did catch a quick glimpse and am pretty sure I didn't see Johnny Damon's name. The next day, a fan asked Kenny if there was any interest in the 36-year-old Damon, who batted .282 with 24 HR, 82 RBI, 36 doubles, 12 stolen bases, a .365 on-base percentage and an .854 OPS with the World Series champion Yankees last season. “Who's his agent?” Williams answered. Damon's agent is Scott Boras, so you know what that means. Should have been end of the story, especially with the Tigers reportedly offering Damon two years for $14 million. Apparently, Damon doesn't want to play in Detroit, or at least his wife Michelle doesn't want him playing in Detroit.
If Damon decides he can live with a one-year contract for $3-4 million, he could very well end up with the White Sox. But the Braves are still in the mix, and they're expected to offer a better deal.