The pesky and persistent Johnny Damon isn’t ready to hang up the cleats just yet.
Damon has signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians worth $1.25 million.
At 38-years-old, there isn’t much of a reason to think why he can’t accomplish the one thing he doesn’t have on his resume, become a member of the 3,000-hits club. He only has 277 more hits to go to reach the milestone. Last year alone Damon played 150 games, had 16 home runs and 29 doubles.
Damon spoke about his new team in the ESPN report.
“They’re a team that’s building for the future, but they also have a chance to win now,” Damon said. “That’s a good thing to have. They locked up a few players and I know they might be working on a few more, possibly. It’s that right mix. A team that’s as youthful as they are, and adding a guy like Derek Lowe during the offseason, and now adding a guy like me, hopefully we can give them a boost and some experience.”
According to the report, the world series champion is expected to get some games in with their Triple-A Columbus team.
I don’t know about Damon’s outlook on the Indians having success this season but I’m confident he’ll reach his goal of 3,000 hits.