Update 2/11 11:19: According to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, he tweets, “#Tigers have expressed a willingness – if not a flat-out offer – to pay Damon about $500K more than the #Braves’ $4 mil w/$2 mil deferred.”
Update 2/10 16:39: According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, he tweets, “A Major League source said that even with deferred funds, the Braves offer to Damon totaled less than $4 million.”
Update 2/10 13:57: According to Tyler Kepner of The New York Times, he tweets, “Hearing Braves’ offer to Damon is $2M now + $2M deferred. If they raise it a little, it will be pretty much like Yanks’ final offer.”
Update 2/10 13:53: According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com says that the Braves and Damon have discussed a one-year offer. The club has not confirmed that it made an offer to Damon. The financial terms were not disclosed, but it is believed that the portion of the salary would be deferred.
“I hope. They are definitely a team that is on top of the list,” Damon said in a text message to the Journal-Constitution when asked if he had reason to think or hope the Braves would make him a competitive offer.
The Braves have about $2-3 million let on the player payroll, but some believe that the figure could be at least twice that. Frank Wren, the GM of the Braves said that they were close to the payroll limit, but he would not say what the limit is or how far they are under it.
In addition to the Braves, the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays have expressed interest in Damon.
Damon, 36, hit .282 with a 24 home runs and 82 RBIs for the World Champion New York Yankees in 2009. You can see Damon’s contract history and statistics here.