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Johnny Damon Signs With Indians, Report Says

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Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist (18) celebrates with Johnny Damon after Zobrist hit a second inning, two-run home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Bartolo Colon during a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

It looks like Johnny Damon has found a team that will allow him to continue his pursuit of 3,000 hits.

The Cleveland Indians reportedly signed Damon after news broke Wednesday night that the club had interest in inking a deal with the outfielder/DH. The terms of the deal are unclear.

He needs 277 hits to reach 3,000.

Damon, 38, has played with six different teams over the course of his 17-year major league career—all in the American League.

He last played for the Tampa Bay Rays last season. In 150 games, Damon batted .261 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI.

But don’t expect to see Damon in an Indians uniform any time soon. He didn’t have the opportunity to take part in spring training with any club, so he’ll need some time to work off the rust.

Damon, a career .286 hitter, made it to the majors in 1995 and spent six seasons with the Kansas City Royals.

He moved on to the Oakland Athletics in 2001 and then joined the Boston Red Sox one year later.

That’s when Damon became famous for his long hair and caveman look.

He left Boston after the 2005 season and joined up with their rivals, the Yankees, where he once again became a clean-shaven ballplayer.

Damon signed with the Detroit Tigers in 2010.

The Indians (1-4), who currently sit in last place in the AL Central, have struggled at the plate since the season kicked off, owning a team batting average of .176.

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