Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Johnny Damon says he'll listen if Tampa Bay Rays are interested

With former Ray Randy Winn taking his leftfield spot in New York, Johnny Damon is officially looking for a new home.

And if the Rays want to talk, Damon will listen.

"I would be interested,'' he said in a text message to the St. Petersburg Times. "They have a good team, and I feel like they can get back to the World Series.''

The Yankees agreed to a one-year deal for about $2 million with Winn, a 1998-2002 Ray. Winn, 35, was most recently with the Giants, hitting .262 with two homers and 51 RBIs in 2009.

The Rays immediately were among the teams reported to be interested in Damon, though it would seem unlikely if he indeed is still seeking a salary of about $7 million. Damon said Wednesday that there had been no serious talks yet with Tampa Bay.

The A's, Reds, Tigers and Braves are also being talked about in what should be an interesting process as agent Scott Boras tries to find a home for Damon, 36.

"The Yankees all along have said they had $2 million. … We really did not have a lot to talk about," Boras told the Associated Press. "Johnny knew what their budget was, so there was never any expectancy. The Yankees could never make an offer because they knew Johnny's performance value far exceeded what their budget was."

The New York Post suggested the Rays would be willing to pay if Damon would defer a few million and would use him as a platoon DH with Pat Burrell.

CUBS STAYING PUT: The Cubs announced they will keep their spring training home in Mesa, Ariz., a move that rebuffs suitors in Naples. In other Cubs news, left-hander Sean Marshall agreed to a $950,000, one-year contract.

HONORING MAZ: The Pirates plan to put a statue of Hall of Fame second baseman Bill Mazeroski outside PNC Park to commemorate his homer that won the World Series 50 years ago.

UECKER cleared: A Wisconsin appeals court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Ann Ladd, who claimed she has been unfairly portrayed as a stalker by the Brewers and radio announcer Bob Uecker.

BREWERS: Utility player Joe Inglett was claimed off waivers from the Rangers.

REDS: Former Rays infielder Miguel Cairo, 35, agreed to a minor-league deal and will get a $500,000, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster.

ROCKIES: Closer Huston Street finalized a $22.5 million, three-year deal with the team that could be worth $31 million over four seasons.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Johnny Damon says he'll listen if Tampa Bay Rays are interested 01/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 9:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — For Peter Budaj, Tuesday's season debut had a shaky start.

    The Lightning’s Vladislav Namestnikov, right, battles Damon Severson for the puck.
  2. Lightning's Steve Yzerman enjoying Nikita Kucherov's scoring run

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, of Russia, celebrates after scoring a goal on the New Jersey Devils during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  3. Bucs journal: Offense needs to get off to a faster start


    TAMPA — The past two games have seen the Bucs offense muster furious rallies in the fourth quarter of losses, with 229 yards against the Patriots and a franchise-record 27 points against the Cardinals.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
  4. NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues


    NEW YORK — NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive" and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed "positive."

    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
 [Getty Images]
  5. Lightning's Steve Yzerman: Nikita Kucherov 'wants to be great'


    If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Nikita Kucherov joined Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux and Keith Tkachuk as the only players in the last 30 years to score a goal in each of his team's first six games.