According to a report via ESPN, “a baseball source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick” that “[Scott] Boras and [Johnny] Damon are trying to engage the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds as possible alternatives” to the Yankees. Though the Tigers-Damon connection is not new – Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated offered the possible marriage a few weeks ago – the Reds-Damon item is the first report I have read which explicitly links the two parties. It was only a matter of time before the Reds and Damon were connected, however, as Cincinnati has a clear need given their unsettled left field situation (they currently have Chris Dickerson lined up to start). Unlike the Damon to Oakland rumors, Damon to Cincy makes a lot of sense, although, according to the ESPN report, the Reds “don’t appear to have much money left in the budget,” and would “probably have to get creative to make a run at Damon.”
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