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Pierzynski talks about all things Damon, as Sox move closer to deal

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damon1_500.jpgA.J. Pierzynski did his part.
He played recruiter, said the right things, and talked to Johnny Damon about how much he would help the White Sox if the free agent accepted the latest offer from the club.
But now, it's no longer in Pierzynski's hands.
"It's his decision now,'' Pierzynski said on Wednesday. "Everyone knows how I feel about it and how much I would like him to sign with us, but it's his choice now. If he signs with us it would really help. If he signs with Detroit, well then it helps them.''
What is known, however, is the Sox feel they have gone from long shot to frontrunner the last 24 hours in the Damon sweepstakes, not only because of the golf outing Pierzynski and Damon went on, but because the organization has upped their original offer, moving closer to the money the Tigers have put out there.
"I would be surprised if he didn't sign with us,'' one member of the club said.
Pierzynski said he had no feeling one way or the other which direction Damon was leaning. The two were teammates at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., as well as Damon getting involved with Pierzynski's TNA Wrestling storyline "Basebrawl'' a few years back.
At the end of one of Pierzynski's matches it was Damon, sitting ringside, that handed a home plate to Pierzynski. Home plate then went upside Simon Diamond's head for the eventual 1-2-3 count.
As far as the rocky relationship between Damon's agent Scott Boras and Sox GM Ken Williams, that might not be as much of a factor in the final decision. Williams allows assistant Rick Hahn to handle most negotiations at this point, while sources close to Damon have indicated that Boras works for Damon, not the other way around.
The addition of Damon would change Ozzie Guillen's plans, but the manager wouldn't exactly be complaining. Guillen has wanted a DH-by-committee, enough so that he made the final call of no for adding Jim Thome a few weeks back.
But Damon is a bit different in that he would be a top-of-the-order type player and could still play a bit in the outfield, as well as getting a majority of the reps at DH.
There is no timetable on when a final decision is coming, but the Sox are expecting Damon to make the announcement soon, especially with pitchers and catchers reporting on Sunday.

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I was going to read the article.

Then I saw the photo.


I thought it was a religious article. I read it. Johnny Damon can come be the Sox' savior......

Do you think that there are other possibilities out there for the White Sox to sign that can do as good a job at DH the majority of the time - if the Damon thing does not work out? I was thinking about Carlos Delgado?

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