April 30, 2011 |
Not the retiring type When Johnny Damon became a free agent last winter, there were few suitors for his services. "The Yankees were trying to get me back," he said Saturday. "I heard the Angels were talking. I don't think I got an offer from them, but I knew they were interested. " But it was the Tampa Bay Rays who showed the most love, offering a one-year, $5.25-million deal and the prospect of ample playing time. So far that decision has proven to be one of the best acquisitions of the season, with Damon hitting .266 and leading the majors with six game-winning hits and leading all designated hitters with 20 runs batted in. Passing up two contenders for a team that looked to be rebuilding was a curious move for a 37-year-old in the twilight of his career.
April 23, 2011 |
Manny Ramirez's retirement 2½ weeks ago left the Tampa Bay Rays with a couple of big holes to fill. His absence from the batting order robbed the Rays of what they thought would be one of their top offensive threats. And at the box office, Ramirez's retirement forced the team to cancel a promotional date featuring the player's bobbleheads. Which is when Sam Fuld swooped in to save the day. And if your response to that last sentence was "Sam who?" then you haven't been watching the highlight shows.
January 21, 2011 |
Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon are about to become teammates again, this time in Tampa Bay. Both free-agent outfielders agreed to one-year contracts with the Rays, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Friday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreements were subject to physicals and had not been announced. Damon gets $5.25 million and the chance to earn $750,000 in bonuses based on attendance, the person said.
August 24, 2010 |
Detroit Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon , 36, Tuesday rejected a waiver claim by the Boston Red Sox. "These guys really like me here," Damon said, adding he spoke to each of his teammates individually to be sure he was wanted in the Tigers' clubhouse. Damon was popular in Boston when he helped the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series. He fell out of favor, however, with many Red Sox fans when he became a free agent and joined the New York Yankees. Damon's contract gives him veto power over trades to several teams, including the Red Sox. Ordonez to have surgery Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez is scheduled to have season-ending surgery on his right ankle Wednesday.
August 23, 2010 |
Johnny Damon was told Monday by the Detroit Tigers that he had been claimed on waivers by the Boston Red Sox, but the outfielder said he was mulling over the move. Damon, 36, has until Wednesday afternoon to decide whether he will go to the Red Sox, for whom he played from 2002 to 2005. Damon has a partial no-trade clause in his contract and Boston, where there were hard feelings by fans after he bolted for the New York Yankees, is one of the clubs he can veto. Strasburg to the DL Washington Nationals rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg is headed to the 15-day disabled list because of a strained tendon in his throwing forearm.
May 1, 2010 |
On the plus side, none of Scot Shields' family members were in Comerica Park on Saturday to witness the walk-off home run he gave up to Johnny Damon, whose solo shot to right field in the ninth inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Angels. The right-hander usually hits up teammates to fill his ticket requests here, but on this afternoon, the Shields clan was back at his home in Northville, Mich., a half-hour west of Detroit, for a party to celebrate the first Communion of his daughter, Kayla.