Via the Detroit Free Press –
The Tigers have agreed on a one-year contract worth $8 million with free agent Johnny Damon, the Free Press learned tonight from a person familiar with the negotiations.
The contract also includes a no-trade clause. Thus the Tigers, if they fall out of this year’s playoff race, can’t send Damon to a club he doesn’t wish to go to.
Damon, 36, must pass a physical for the deal to become official. It’s not expected the Tigers will announce the signing after Damon passes the physical.
Well, supposedly, the Yankees offered Damon a two-year deal for $14 million and then later a one-year deal for $6 million with about half of that money deferred at no interest. So, in the end, Damon did get a higher salary with the Tigers – albeit just on a one year-deal. And, the state taxes in Michigan are around 4.35% compared to the near 9% that Johnny would pay in New York. So, what do you think, in the end, did Johnny Damon make the right move?