CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – After a 1-4 homestand that included a lack of offense and small crowds, the Indians may finally be looking to make a big move to try and bolster the team moving forward.
That move would be to add 38-year-old OF Johnny Damon, a veteran OF who last year hit .261 with 16 home runs and 19 stolen bases with Tampa.
Damon all but confirmed the move with CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman, responding to a text message that he is excited to come and join the Indians for 2012.
“Cleveland has always been great to me,” Damon texted CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman. “And I’m looking forward to reuniting with teammates.”
That teammate would be Derek Lowe, who came the Indians via trade from the Braves in the offseason.
While Damon already seems Cleveland bound, a deal has not become official, and no terms of the agreement have been released.
Damon at one point this past winter was rumored to be going to the Yankees, but a deal never was able to get done there, leaving the door open for him to come to Cleveland.
He would likely fill the teams LF spot that has been such a question mark this offseason. Shelley Duncan, who started all five games in LF this past homestand, hit .294 with 1 HR and two RBI in 17 at-bats in the series with the Jays and White Sox.
A tweet from FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal stated that Damon will have a full no-trade clause and an out clause in his contract with the Indians.
The deal would allow him to leave the team on a specified date after Grady Sizemore returns. Sizemore is not eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list until June 3rd.