This seems fairly obvious enough, but it is worth passing along because this is what other teams are seeing with the Rays (via Buster Olney)…
There is a perception in rival camps that if TB starts to move players,they’ll definitely be willing to trade Johnny Damon,as well as Upton.
We have heard plenty of speculation on BJ Upton. A little less on Johnny Damon. But of course, moving Damon makes sense. He’s old (37). And he makes a lot of money ($5.25M).
And while we are talking about Damon’s contract, it is worth noting that he has attendance bonuses built in to his contract. He is set to receive $150 thousand if the Rays have 1.75 million in attendance. And he receives $150 thousand for every 100 thousand fans after that.
What is not clear, is what happens if he is traded. Does the attendance clause transfer to the new team? Will it then be based on the new team’s attendance? Or will the new team be obligated to pay based on the Rays attendance? Weird.