Rays agree to terms with Damon, Manny
By Sports Network
St. Petersburg, FL – The Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly reunited former teammates Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez, agreeing to terms on one-year deals with the veteran outfielders, pending the outcome of physical exams.
According to SI.com, Damon will be paid $5.25 million plus $750,000 in attendance incentives, while Ramirez's deal is worth $2 million.
Damon, who is from and lives in Orlando, Florida, batted .271 with eight home runs and 51 RBI his lone season for Detroit in 2010.
The 37-year-old had spent the previous eight years in the AL East with the Red Sox from 2002-05 and the Yankees from 2006-09.
He is a career .287 hitter with 215 homers, 1,047 RBI and 385 steals in 16 seasons with Kansas City, Oakland, Boston, New York and Detroit.
Ramirez suffered through the worst power season of his career in 2010, hitting only nine homers and driving in just 42 runs, while hitting a combined .298 over 90 games with the Dodgers and White Sox.
The mercurial Ramirez was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for violating the leagues' substance abuse policy but returned and finished the campaign with a .290 average, 19 home runs and 63 RBI, to that point his lowest offensive output since his rookie season of 1994.
The 38-year-old is a career .313 hitter who has blasted 555 home runs and driven in 1,830 runs during 18 big league seasons with the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers and White Sox.
Damon and Ramirez played together in Boston for four seasons and were part of the 2004 team that won the World Series to end an 86-year championship drought and the so-called "Curse of the Bambino."