As I remember it, my mother used to watch a soap opera called As The World Turns. I’m sure a quick Google search would tell me whether it’s still on the air, but I honestly don’t care (sorry Mom). I’ve never watched them, but my understanding of daytime soap operas is that my mother could miss several weeks and still understand what’s going on whenever she started watching the show again. The shows are on in the middle of the day, when there’s nothing good on TV anyway, and they’re just interesting enough to keep someone entertained for an hour or so.
Such is the Johnny Damon saga.
At this point, it’s the same old story. Even if you’re sick of it — raise your hands with me! — it’s pretty much the most interesting thing going on. We’re less than a week from pitchers and catchers reporting. It’s the ultimate down time in baseball, and Damon’s contract has become bad daytime television. It’s just entertaining enough to keep our attention, and it’s moving slowly enough that we can miss a few episodes and still know the storyline.
Unless there is a mystery team waiting in the weeds — not entirely out of the question — the race seems to have come down to the Tigers and the Braves, with the Rays and White Sox possibly engaged to some extent. Jayson Stark reports that Detroit seems to be the highest bidder, and might be willing to go $7 million for one year. “There were indications the sides were still discussing a possible two-year deal,” Stark wrote. “But even the Tigers’ one-year offer appears to be the biggest offer on the table.” Ken Davidoff hears that the Tigers offer is much closer to $4.5 million, slightly more than yesterday’s reported offer from the Braves.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Yankee fans are still interested in where Damon ends up — and for how much — but mostly I believe we’re all ready to change to the channel and get spring training started.
UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: No sooner did I post this than Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi came up with an update, reporting that the Tigers might be willing to go two years, $14 million.