Red Sox offer arbitration to Johnny Damon

DALLAS, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Boston Red Sox Wednesday offered salary arbitration to center-fielder Johnny Damon, second baseman Tony Graffanino and third baseman Bill Mueller.

In the meantime, Boston decided not to offer arbitration to relief pitchers Matt Mantei and Mike Myers, first baseman Kevin Millar and first baseman John Olerud.


The 32-year-old Damon, one of baseball's top lead-off hitters, batted .316 last season with 10 home runs, 75 RBI, 117 runs and 18 stolen bases, and had a 29-game hitting streak.

"We're talking to a number of teams about Johnny here (in Dallas), and of course, the Red Sox are included in that," Damon's agent, Scott Boras, told

Mueller, 34, who was the American League batting champion in 2003, had a .295 average last season with 10 home runs and 62 RBI. Graffanino batted .309 with seven homers and 38 RBI in 110 games between the Red Sox and Kansas City last season.

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