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Stark: Damon Close to Decision

Here is Jayson Stark on the Johnny Damon situation:

Two sources told that the Detroit Tigers have made the largest offer, amid speculation around the industry that that bid is in the range of one year, $7 million. There were indications the sides were still discussing a possible two-year deal. But even the Tigers' one-year offer appears to be the biggest offer on the table.

The Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays have also remained in the bidding, with both teams talking about one-year contracts for fewer total dollars than the Tigers' offer. reported that the Braves' offer was for less than $4 million. A source indicated the Chicago White Sox also have expressed late interest.

That would be not one, but two sources indicating Detroit is the leader with the largest offer. If I know the Braves, they will probably not budge from their original $4 to $5 million offer, nor should they.

[...] speculation in the industry, from people who have spoken with various principals, is that Damon will make a decision by the end of the week.

So I'm hoping this will be finally be over by Friday... or Sunday... what does he consider the end of the week?

[UPDATE 3:55pm]

From Ken Rosenthal, it appears the Tigers now become an even bigger favorite to sign Damon:

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch has authorized a two-year, $14 million offer to free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon, according to major-league sources.

Hallelujah! If two years was what Damon and Boras were waiting for, then it looks like they found it... now TAKE IT!!! Take it and let's end this misery.

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