Detroit Tigers To Sign Johnny Damon

Victor Valladares JrContributor IFebruary 20, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01:  Johnny Damon #18 of the New York Yankees smiles as he looks on during batting practice against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Tigers have reached an agreement with outfielder Johnny Damon.

The deal is believed to a one-year deal worth $8 million and does not have a second year option.  Damon only needs to pass his physical according to Ken Davidoff of Newsday.

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated adds that a no-trade clause is included in the deal.

ESPN's Buster Olney notes that no money will be deferred, something Damon's agent Scott Boras reportedly demanded of the Tigers.

Tigers GM Dave Dombroski confirmed yesterday the Tigers had an offer on the table for Damon but no deal was imminent.

The Tigers, Braves, and White Sox were considered Damon's most likely destinations.  As early as yesterday the White Sox were considered strong contenders for Damon's services before they pulled their offer.

Earlier in the offseason, Damon and Boras reportedly turned down two separate offers from the Yankees.  One offer was reportedly worth $14 million over two years.

Damon had a great 2009 campaign with the Yankes hitting .282, knocking 24 home runs while driving in 82 runs.

The 36 year old outfielder is a lifetime .363 hitter at Comerica Park.