Tagged: Scott Boras

Damon and Boras Finally Decide: It’s the Tigers

OK Sox fans, the pursuit of Johnny Damon is officially over. Time to move on.

I think about that old adage, “Be careful what you wish for, it may come true.” Could be the case here after spending weeks thinking Damon would be the final piece of a championship puzzle. 
Starting tomorrow pitchers and catchers report and we’ll have plenty to cheer about. Yes, even without Mr. Damon.

Sox Pull Offer to Damon

“It has become clear to us in our recent negotiations that the money that we were offering was not going to be good enough for Johnny at this time.”

                                                                     —Kenny Williams to Bruce Levine of
                                                                       ESPNChicago.com this afternoon

P.S.– Since Damon’s agent Scott Boras is still haggling with the Tigers, I guess “never say never,” but for now the prospect of the Sox getting Damon seems like a longshot.

Will A.J. and Hawk be the Keys to Damon Joining the White Sox?

10.7_bdd_JD_get.jpgIt’s been a long time since A.J. Pierzynski and Johnny Damon were teammates at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL. Since then each has had an All-Star career capped off by a World Series ring (in Damon’s case, two). They’ve never played together in the major leagues, but that could change very soon with A.J. having a key role in making it happen.

In an effort to convince free agent Damon to sign with the Sox, Pierzynski and broadcaster Hawk Harrelson hit the links on Tuesday with their target presumably to sell him on the fact that joining the Sox would give him the best shot at a third ring. Another intriguing development is that Damon and his wife are looking for a more cosmopolitan city than Detroit, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Will the A.J./Hawk sales pitch work? There’s really no telling at this point. It has been reported that the Tigers have made offers of $7 million for one year, $14 million for two and the Sox are not budging from their original one-year $4 million offer. That’s only what’s been reported. We really can’t believe what agent Scott Boras says because leveraging is his middle name. And we know full well that Kenny Williams likes to work under the radar–with great success I might add.

With pitchers and catchers now reporting throughout Arizona and Florida, Damon will likely make a decision in the next few days. The only thing we know for sure is that the Sox are still in the running for what I believe would be a major piece in a championship puzzle.