Johnny Damon still unsigned; are Tigers being used to spark interest?

With free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon still undecided about where he will play, the Detroit Free Press speculated agent Scott Boras might be using the Tigers to create a market for his client.

Last week, FOXSports.com reported Tigers owner Mike Ilitch authorized a two-year, $14 million deal for Damon; however, Damon has yet to sign.

The White Sox and Braves also have expressed interest in Damon, though a report on the White Sox’s Web site expressed doubt that the team could afford the outfielder. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution speculated Damon likely will pass on the Braves’ one-year offer, believed to be worth between $4 million and $5 million, because Detroit’s offer is stronger.

With free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon still undecided about where he will play, the Detroit Free Press speculated agent Scott Boras might be using the Tigers to create a market for his client.

Last week, FOXSports.com reported Tigers owner Mike Ilitch authorized a two-year, $14 million deal for Damon; however, Damon has yet to sign.

The White Sox and Braves also have expressed interest in Damon, though a report on the White Sox’s Web site expressed doubt that the team could afford the outfielder. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution speculated Damon likely will pass on the Braves’ one-year offer, believed to be worth between $4 million and $5 million, because Detroit’s offer is stronger.

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