Reports: Damon to Sign with Indians

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Longtime Major League outfielder Johnny Damon is set to sign with the Cleveland Indians. The story was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Damon, 38, would play in left field, splitting time with Shelley Duncan. A reported no-trade clause has not been confirmed. Another reported clause not yet confirmed would allow Damon to “opt out” once Grady Sizemore returns from the disabled list.

The Indians offense needs a boost, as the team is 1-4 and struggling in many categories.

Damon expressed excitement at the move, texting the following to John Heyman of CBS Sports: “Cleveland has always been good to me.”

Damon hit .261 last season for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Indians are off on Thursday and begin a road trip in Kansas City on Friday.

In recent weeks, the Tribe tried to acquire Bobby Abreu, but the deal fell through.