Johnny Damon Offered One-Year Deal by Braves

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIFebruary 10, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 02:  Johnny Damon #18 of the New York Yankees hits a broken bat ground out to drive in Eric Hinske in the top of the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Braves have made an offer to sign former New York Yankee outfielder Johnny Damon to a one-year contract.

The Braves' offer is believed to be worth around $5 million.

Reports of Braves' Chipper Jones attempting to make a recruiting pitch to Damon foreshadowed the intention the Braves' organization had to try to sign the left fielder.

Damon had one of his best seasons for the Yankees last year, when he put up a .282 batting average, .365 on-base, and matched a career high 24 homers.

Damon's agent, Scott Boras, has insisted his client will be signed to at least a two-year deal. He said a team has offered that type of deal but he declined to disclose the name of that team.

He would likely play left field and bat first or second in the Braves rotation, and while the move would greatly improve the Braves' batting order, it likely would cause an excess of outfielders, which could end up hurting the team.