A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the Detroit Tigers and Johnny Damon have reached a preliminary agreement on an $8 million, one-year contract.
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The person, who talked Saturday on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced, says the contract is subject to a physical, which will be some time next week.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Friday he had made a contract offer to the outfielder, but Dombrowski did not return messages seeking comment on Saturday.
The 36-year-old Damon hit .286 with 24 homers for the New York Yankees last season. He likely will bat leadoff for the Tigers, filling the void left when Detroit dealt Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.
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Posted: 2/21/10 12:20AM ET