In a press conference with media members covering the Yankees, former Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon told reporters that he “hopes [the Tigers] want him back next season.”

“I love it there. The [Tigers’] future is very bright. My experience in Detroit has been great. The team is an up-and-coming team. There are a lot of young kids there who definitely need guidance.”

“If something happened [in Detroit]—a winning ball club, a championship—it would mean the world to the fans there, to that economy, to the owners. That’s why I hope Detroit is the best place for me.”

Damon spoke about the possibility of him being traded before the Aug. 31 trade deadline for players who pass through waivers. He said that even if he is traded, he would still like to return to the Tigers.

Damon, 36, hit 77 home runs with a .285 batting average in four seasons with the Yankees.

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