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Red Sox Weren't Trying To Block Yankees, Rays From Getting Damon

Aug 25, 2010 4:49 PM EST

The Red Sox legitimately wanted outfielder Johnny Damon when they claimed him on waivers from the Tigers earlier this week.

Damon eventually blocked a trade to Boston, where he spent several seasons.

There were reports that the Red Sox claimed Damon in order to keep American League East rivals New York and Tampa Bay from getting him, but that wasn't the case.

Via ESPN