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Thursday, February 11, 2010
White Sox long shot to land Damon

By BRUCE LEVINE

As reported here over the past month, the Chicago White Sox have interest in free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon if the price is right. The White Sox, along with the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers have all had conversations about adding Damon.

Damon, who turned down a two-year deal with the Yankees months ago, has seen his market value plummet from his 2009 salary of $13 million to somewhere between $3-5 million and most likely a one-year deal in 2010.

Actually, the White Sox are in need of an RBI bat from the left side. Damon is still capable of 25 homer runs and 85 runs batted in. He also is the type of player White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen could plug in as an outfielder or designated hitter. Guillen has insisted on flexibility at the DH spot for 2010. White Sox management is in agreement with their manager on this subject.

The White Sox have lacked a left-handed RBI bat since trading Jim Thome to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August. Of all the White Sox left-handed hitters in 2009, A.J. Pierzynski had the most RBIs with 49 last season.

A source familiar with the situation told ESPN Chicago that the White Sox signing of Damon is still a long shot. There is an assumption out there that Damon's agent Scott Boras is leaking info of teams' interest to push along the Tigers, who have been perceived as the obvious team to land Damon.