The Cleveland Indians are close to reaching a deal with 39-year-old Johnny Damon, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Rosenthal began tweeting about the suspected deal Wednesday night, and again Thursday morning.
On Wednesday Rosenthal tweeted:
Sources: #Indians to sign Johnny Damon.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 12, 2012
And on Thursday:
No agreement yet between #Indians and Damon. But again, was told by sources late last night that it will happen.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 12, 2012
Jordan Bastian, MBL.com's Indians reporter, tweeted this Thursday morning:
Indians GM Chris Antonetti: "While we continue to explore opportunities to improve the team, we haven't agreed to sign or trade for anyone."— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 12, 2012
If signed, Cleveland would be Damon's seventh team, and third in the AL Central. He started his career in Kansas City in 1995. He later played for the Yankees and Red Sox, among others, and in 2010 played for the Detroit Tigers. Last season he appeared in 150 games for the Tampa Bay Rays, hitting .261 with a .326 OBP.