The rumors have now been made official; Johnny Damon is a Cleveland Indian:
The Indians have officially signed outfielder Johnny Damon.
The 38-year-old reached agreement with Cleveland last week on a one-year, $1.2 million pending a physical. Damon, who needs 277 hits to reach 3,000 for his career, is at the team’s complex in Goodyear, Ariz., preparing to join the Indians. Damon can earn another $1.4 million in performance bonuses.
The physical is likely a formality, since Damon was reported to have been working out all winter expecting to join a team. Since he did not have any competition in spring games, though, the Tribe likely wants him to face some live pitching, which he’ll do in extended-spring-training games.
The Indians could use him in the lineup soon, so don’t expect him to spend too much time in Goodyear.