At least that was my response to an ESPN report that the Boston Red Sox have claimed former OF Johnny Damon off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. It’s unclear why Damon was on the waivers to begin with, although from my understanding, teams regularly put almost every player on waivers in August, however most aren’t claimed.
It’s also unclear at this time what the Red Sox true intentions are – whether it was to keep a competing club, like the Tampa Bay Rays or Chicago White Sox who need outfield help, from claiming him. Boston itself does need help in their injury-plagued outfield.
Damon was a member of the Red Sox championship team in 2004 which broke Boston’s 86 year championship drought. He left the Red Sox after the 2005 season, spending 4 seasons as a fan-favorite Yankee. He declined contract offers from the Yankees this off-season and instead signed with the Detroit Tigers for less money. Damon is hitting .270 with 7 homers and 40 RBI, well below his numbers while with the Yankees.
There are a few things that need to happen for Damon to join the Sox again. First, he needs to waive his no trade clause. Then, the Red Sox and Tigers have 48 hours to negotiate a trade. If that can’t be done, then the Tigers have the option of letting Damon go for nothing, or they could pull him off waivers and keep him for the remainder of the season.