Braves make one-year offer to Damon
Potential deal for outfielder would include deferred money
ATLANTA -- Some insiders still believe that outfielder Johnny Damon will end up accepting a better offer elsewhere. But as time passes and the start of Spring Training nears, there's more reason to believe he might end up with the Braves.
The Braves discussed a one-year offer with Damon, who is vacationing in Hawaii, according to a Major League source. The club has not confirmed making an offer. Financial terms of the offer weren't disclosed. Another Major League source, however, has indicated that the contract's total value is less than $4 million, which includes deferred money.
Braves general manager Frank Wren has indicated that he is happy with the current makeup of his club. But at the same time, he recognizes the value that Damon could bring the club while serving as the legitimate leadoff hitter that it currently lacks.
"I think he'd be a good addition," Chipper Jones said. "He's a guy with experience and he provides us depth at the outfield position."
When the Braves have pursued top free agents in the past, they have often asked Jones to serve as a recruiter. The veteran third baseman did not confirm whether the Braves had asked him to contact Damon.
Damon, who hit .282 with 24 homers and a .365 on-base percentage for the World Series champion Yankees last year, has also drawn recent interest from the Tigers and Rays.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.