Source says Braves made offer to Damon
As Spring Training nears, there’s more reason to wonder if Johnny Damon will eventually accept what the Braves are willing to offer. But for now, insiders still feel like the veteran outfielder will end up signing elsewhere.
Early this afternoon a Major League source confirmed the Braves have made a one-year offer to Damon.
UPDATED: Financial terms still haven’t been learned. But a Major League League source said that even with the deferred fund accounted for, the offer was for less than $4 million.
This is the primary reason the Tigers or late entry into the Damon sweepstakes still appear to be more likely suitors for the 36-year-old outfielder.
Chipper Jones didn’t confirm whether the club has asked him to serve in the recruiting role that he often takes when in pursuit of a top-flight free agent. But he said that he could see the benefit of bringing the veteran outfielder to Atlanta to serve as a legit leadoff hitter.
“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.”
The addition of Damon could facilitate a trade or minimize the impact that Jason Heyward could have during this upcoming season.But for now, it doesn’t appear the Braves are making a serious push for Damon.