It’s awfully nice being on vacation, but there’s an equally nice aspect to returning home. Not much Earth-shattering news during my time away, other than the long-overdue signing of Johnny Damon. Let’s run down a few things to get the week started:
- Given the late timing, the $8m contract (none-deferred) is more than solid. There’s no way around the fact that Damon and Boras misread the market, badly, and their turning their noses at the Yanks larger (in total dollars, years) looks now like a big mistake. At least Damon has his nomination for the IIATMS HOF to rest his head upon as he weeps into his over-stuffed pillows.
- For a ton more on Damon from IIATMS, have at it here.
- I almost feel bad for Dave Dombrowski. Boras pulled the end-around, donned his surgical gloves, and put his hand up owner Mike Ilitch’s backside to stroke his brain into offering Damon more than any other team was gonna offer. Damon and Boras had no leverage, yet Ilitch was cajoled into paying Damon, along with giving him a no-trade clause. I feel for Dombrowski because he was “forced” (or was it “encouraged”) to deal fan favorite Curtis Granderson to the Yanks. Granderson, by the way, will earn $5.5m this year, some $2.5m less than Damon. Sure, Granderson’s contract runs for three more years ($25.75m, all in, including a $2m buyout), but do Tigers fans feel happy about this trade-off? Was it worth trading a fan favorite and someone under a reasonable contract for three more years for one year of Johnny Damon and the potential of Austin Jackson and a higher contribution to the payroll in 2010 to boot?
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