Johnny Damon Joins Indian, Will Leadoff On Wednesday Against White Sox

Veteran outfielder Johnny Damon will join the Indians on Tuesday for their series against the Chicago White Sox, according to reports.

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Johnny Damon Will Make Indians Debut On Wednesday, Hit Leadoff

Johnny Damon was officially added to the Cleveland Indians' roster on Tuesday after signing with the club a couple weeks ago for a little over $1 million which includes performance-based incentives. Although Damon is not in the lineup on Tuesday night against the White Sox, he will be in the lineup on Wednesday and he will be the team's new leadoff hitter:

The left-handed hitter was with the Tampa Bay Rays last season and hit .261/.326/.743 with 16 home runs. For what it's worth, the Indians' current leadoff hitter, Michael Brantley, is hitting .250/.321/.676.

The Indians have a one game lead in the Central Division after the first month of the season.

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Johnny Damon Should Join Cleveland Indians Roster Tuesday

Back on April 17 the Cleveland Indians officially announced that they were signing veteran outfielder Johnny Damon to a minor league deal in order to try and add a bit of pop to their offense. He was originally signed to play at extended spring training down in Arizona for a time before joining the AAA club down in Columbus, and indeed has been doing extended ST for two weeks down at the Indians facility.

However, it looks like the plan to shift him to Columbus has changed and Damon could instead join the Indians as soon as Tuesday. That would get him on the roster just in time for the Indians first game against the Chicago Cubs as they start a three game series. A roster spot will need to be cleared for Damon as he joins the big league club. Damon is going to wear the number 33 while with the Indians.

Damon hit .261 with 16 home runs for the Tampa Bay Rays in 150 appearances for them last season.

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Johnny Damon Signs With Indians, Officially Announced By Club

Revealing perhaps the worst kept secret in Cleveland, the Indians officially announced on Tuesday that they have signed veteran outfielder Johnny Damon to a minor league contract. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Damon is at the Tribe's facility in Goodyear, Arizona going through baseball workouts.

As was widely reported last week, Damon's deal is for one year at $1.25 million, with the potential to reach $1.4 million if he hits certain performance bonuses. Damon will spend two weeks in the minors and likely report to the big league club in early May, when he will be added to the 40-man. It's not clear exactly where Damon will fit in, with Shelley Duncan playing well in left field right now. Damon acknowledged this in an appearance on MLB Network Radio last week. Via Indians.com:

"I need to go out there and show people I can still play there," Damon said in an interview Thursday on the MLB Network Radio channel on SiriusXM. "Right now, Shelley Duncan is the starting left fielder. I know they are going to rotate me in and give him a breather but, you know, I also understand this game, too.

"If Shelley Duncan is on fire at the plate, he's going to play. And if I am, they are going to find a place for me."

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Johnny Damon Could Make $1.4 Million This Season For Indians

Johnny Damon is officially apart of the Cleveland Indians. The only remaining thing that needed to be disclosed were the specifics of his deal and those are now available, thanks to ESPN's Buster Olney:

Damon hit .261/.326/.418 with 16 home runs and 19 stolen bases last season for over $5 million with the Tampa Bay Rays, so the Indians are arguably getting quite the bargain for the 38-year-old veteran.

Damon will still need time to get in game shape since he is joining the Indians without the luxury of a Spring Training and without facing live pitching since the end of last season. He will have to play outfield, too, because the Indians already have Travis Hafner as their primary designated hitter.

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Johnny Damon, Cleveland Indians Agreement Confirmed, According To Jim Bowden

The Cleveland Indians could be close to getting a deal done with outfielder Johnny Damon, at least according to everybody not in the Indians organization. There were earlier reports that a deal "should be done soon," from the Associated Press, though nothing official. As it stands now, there's still nothing official, but Jim Bowden of ESPN is throwing his hat in the ring with a confirmation of sorts:

Bowden then goes on to add that Damon has said he'd give Jason Kipnis a nice watch in exchange for #22, so if that substance does anything for you, there's that. It's just odd that there's nothing from the Indians at this point, especially if the deal is, in fact, agreed upon.

At any rate, it seems like something will get done, given that Damon is unemployed and the Indians have the lowest batting average in the majors, sporting a team average of .176. He's not an absolute solution to their offensive woes, but it's clear there's a big need there.

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Johnny Damon Deal With Indians 'Should Be Done Soon,' According To Outfielder

It appears that the Cleveland Indians are very close to signing outfielder Johnny Damon, who sat out all spring waiting for a call. Tom Withers of the Associated Press received a text from Damon on Thursday morning, indicating that a deal was close.

Via Tom Withers of AP:

While Damon wasn't terribly productive with the Tigers and Rays, the Indians currently have the lowest batting average in the majors with a team average of .176. With Grady Sizemore out until at least June, and completely unreliable, adding another outfielder this early in the season with the struggles at the plate apparently has GM Chris Antonetti negotiating with Damon.

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Johnny Damon And Cleveland Indians Close To Deal, According To Report

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Wendesday night, and against Thursday morning, that a deal between the Cleveland Indians and Johnny Damon was imminent.

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