The reported offer to Johnny Damon will almost certainly not result in a new lead-off hitter for the Braves. While it would be pretty nice to have Damon for the money the Braves have offered (somewhere in the $4M range, plus $2M deferred), the Braves are simply playing the role of pawn for Scott Boras.
Here's how the game works:
Boras: "Hey Frank, Johnny wants to be a Brave."
F.W.: "Oh yeah? What's it going to cost us?"
Boras: "$8 Trillion"
F.W.: "Go to hell, Scott."
Boras: "Then make us an offer."
F.W.: "I'm thinking something more reasonable like $4M"
Boras (to Media): "Hey guys, Johnny's got an offer, and he's leaning toward becoming a Brave. Of course, Johnny prefers a two-year deal."
Boras then uses the Braves offer as leverage to force the Tigers (who need him more) to make a better offer, or lose Johnny. Said offer comes, too rich for the Braves to counter. Johnny plays in the cold, dirty city of Detroit. Braves lose again. Sound familiar? (I was planning to link last year's Furcal discussion here, but apparently my archive only goes back 1 year).
But relax, it's not the end of the world. Getting Damon would come at the expense of playing time for Diaz, Cabrera (who you just paid $3M), and most importantly Heyward. Is that a price you're willing to pay in addition to the $4M?