The Chicago Sun-Times reports the White Sox are increasingly confident they will sign free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon. The newspaper quotes an unnamed club source as saying he would be "surprised if he didn’t sign with us."
Damon’s best two options appear to be the White Sox and the Tigers. White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been trying to recruit Damon to Chicago, going so far as to play a round of golf with Damon. Plus, reports indicate that Damon’s wife would prefer not to move to Detroit.
"It’s his decision now," Pierzynski told the Sun-Times on Wednesday. "Everyone knows how I feel about it and how much I would like him to sign with us, but it’s his choice now. If he signs with us it would really help. If he signs with Detroit, well, then it helps them."
Damon, meanwhile, told SI.com that his wife’s preferences are secondary. "She’s going wherever I go," Damon told SI.com’s Jon Heyman in a text message.
FoxSports.com reported that the White Sox are offering Damon a one-year contract with significant deferred compensation. The site pegs the present-day value of the offer at $4.5 million.