Yahoo's Tim Brown tweets that our long national nightmare is over. Johnny Damon will play in Detroit next season. The Tigers signed the veteran left fielder to a one year deal worth $8 million Saturday.
Damon, who spent the last four seasons with the Yankees, had been seeking a new team after New York acquired Curtis Granderson from Detroit in an offseason trade and signed veteran outfielder/designated hitters Randy Winn and Marcus Thames.
Damon hit .282/.365/.489 in 626 plate appearances in his final year in New York. The spacious outfield of Comerica park may diminish much of his power, as the homerun friendly dimensions of the new Yankee Stadium helped power Damon to match his career high in homeruns and post his second highest career slugging percentage.
The Tigers expect to play Damon primarily in left field, with incumbent left fielder Carlos Guillen shifting to the DH slot. He'll join former Yankee prospect Austin Jackson and Tiger mainstay Magglio Ordonez as starters in the Tiger outfield.
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