|Damon says ‘I’m not going’ to Red Sox||08.24.10 at 4:40 pm ET|
According to a tweet from Jason Beck of MLB.com, Tigers designated hitter Johnny Damon has told reporters in Detroit that he will not accept a move to the Red Sox, who claimed him on waivers Monday.
“I’m not going,” Damon said, according to Beck.
Damon had a clause in his one-year deal with the Tigers that allowed him to block trades to eight teams, a list that included the Red Sox. Damon played with the Red Sox from 2002-2005 and won a World Series with the team in 2004.
A fan favorite in his time in Boston, Damon fell out of favor with local fans when he took a four-year, $52 million deal with the Yankees prior to the ’06 season. He won another World Series with New York last season.
According to multiple reports, Damon would have accepted a deal to the Yankees or Rays, the latter of whom he said had interest in him.
In his first season with the Tigers, the 36-year old Damon is hitting .272/.358/.410 with seven homers and 41 runs batted in.
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