(NEW YORK) — It may be early into the season, but the Cleveland Indians are struggling to score runs in the early going. In hopes of adding more punch to their lineup, the team has turned to 38-year old Johnny Damon.
Damon and the Indians have agreed to a one-year deal worth a pro rated base salary of $1.25 million with $1.4 million in performance bonuses according to ESPN. Damon’s deal could also include an opt-out clause once Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore returns from injury at some point this season.
Damon is entering his 18th season in the Majors, and the Indians will be his seventh team over that span. He spent the 2011 season with the Tampa Bay Rays where he batted .261 with 16 home runs while driving in 73 runs. He is just 277 hits away from reaching the 3,000 career hit milestone. If he plays a full 2012 season as well as a full 2013 season he could very reach accomplish the feat.
Heading into Friday’s games, the Indians are just 1-4 and are hitting .176 as a team which ranks 30th among Major League teams. Damon will start with a minor league contract and will eventually get a big league deal when he is added to the team’s 40-man roster.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN