Scott Boras told ESPN’s Buster Olney that his client, Johnny Damon, will be signed by May 1. Boras added that, while he doesn’t know where Damon will sign, the veteran free agent is looking for an opportunity that offers him 450 plate appearances in 2012. Damon has recently been tied to the Cleveland Indians, and he’s also had his name connected with the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays this offseason.
In the middle of March, Nick Carfado of the Boston Globe reported that Damon could be a fit for the Indians and Orioles. Though there hasn’t been many Damon-to-Baltimore rumors swirling since then, the veteran has recently had his name tied to the Indians.
With Grady Sizemore’s injury sidelining him for the start of the season, the Indians are in the market for an outfielder. Cleveland targeted Bobby Abreu of the Angels, but talks fell through due to disagreements over how much money would exchange hands.
This had many wondering why the Indians wouldn’t pursue Damon if they were interested in Abreu. Damon is less expensive and his numbers last season are comparable to Abreu’s. In fact, Damon hit for more power and maintained a higher batting average than Abreu in 2011.
It remains to be determined what will happen with Damon, but judging by the 450 plate appearance plea by Boras, it appears that the 38-year-old is prepared to take on a lesser role in 2012.