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The final word on Damon

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Johnny-Damon_article_0.jpgGLENDALE, Ariz. - After losing out to Detroit in the Miguel Cabrera sweepstakes back in the 2007 Winter Meetings, a defiant Ken Williams insisted, "All this has done is put the Tigers in a better position to contend with us.''
On Sunday, with the Sox missing out on free agent Johnny Damon to Detroit, it was a much calmer general manager reacting to it.
"Well, I think you see he did very well for himself,'' Williams said of the reported deal the outfielder received. "He gets to train in Florida and that's where he wanted to be. Had we got into it a little bit earlier and I known that was really an overriding factor then maybe we could have considered moving camp out to Orlando and set up shop to accommodate him. It was a little too late for that. We had everyone here.''
Asked if Damon now put the Tigers in better position to contend, Williams wasn't biting.
"Uh, if I acknowledge that, that means I felt we were above them anyway,'' Williams said on Day 1 of camp. "It's a little disrespectful. We are positioned very well. Would we have been better? Perhaps. But some times, one of the things I've learned over the years, some times the things you don't do or aren't able to do turn out to be your better decisions.''
Williams maintained that he is fine with the Ozzie Guillen plan of DH-by-committee, despite his actions dictating otherwise, and asked about the idea that former Sox World Series MVP Jermaine Dye was still sitting out on the free agent market, totally didn't close the door on it.
"I am shocked that Jermaine Dye is still out there,'' Williams said. "I thought about [bringing him back]. But our biggest need would be a left-handed bat, in my opinion. That doesn't fit or is consistent with what Ozzie wants to do. I did think about it, and Ozzie would be in a position where he would have to play him.''

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