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Guillen, Ordonez hope to play in 2012

Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: November 7, 2011 10:52 am
 
GuillenBy Evan Brunell

Two Tigers who have made headlines the last two seasons for injury problems instead of production on the field are hoping to play again in 2012, MLB.com reports.

Carlos Guillen, a two-time All Star, has played in just 177 of a possible 486 games over the last three years, including just 28 this year, where he contributed a meager .232/.265/.368 line and finished the season on the shelf yet again. It's no surprise the 36-year-old wants to continue a career that has been beset by left shoulder and knee issues, but no team will hand him significant dollars. Guillen (pictured, left, with Ordonez) will likely have to accept a make-good one year deal somewhere and hope to win a bench position.

His teammate in Detroit, Magglio Ordonez, also plans to return, Guillen says, despite Ordonez considering retirement. The two have been in touch since the season ended. Ordonez has his own injury problems as well, as he broke his right foot in mid-2010 that required surgery. Ordonez was slow to get going in 2011 but heated up in late August and reported that his ankle was finally starting to feel normal... then promptly broke it again in the ALCS.

Any Ordonez return would have to be on a similar deal to what Guillen will sign -- low base salary on a make-good deal and no guarantee of a starting job. Those deals will have to come elsewhere, as it doesn't appear as if GM Dave Dombrowski is interested in bringing either one back. That's not too surprising -- after all, Dombrowski has had to deal with two high-salaried players expected to be major assets to the team miss significant playing time in recent seasons -- and not produce too well even when on the field.

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Comments

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Guillen, Ordonez hope to play in 2012

Shut the hell up stupid F!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Guillen, Ordonez hope to play in 2012

Time for both geezers to move on as they`ll never be healthy enough to help the Tigers again.
If they would do it, and I doubt either of them would, could you see bringing them back on a $1mil, Thome-like deal?  As you said, Mags still has a little left with the bat and would make a decent PH.  I would thank Carlos for his service and maybe offer him a scouting gig back in Venezula.  



Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Guillen, Ordonez hope to play in 2012

I wish the best to Mags and Guillen. In addition to their on-field contributions, along with Pudge Rodriguez, they helped to turn the franchise around by playing here. Their presence helped show the Tigers were serious about building a winner, and help Dombrowski land some talent.



Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Guillen, Ordonez hope to play in 2012

Hey, I'm hoping for rain in Oklahoma in 2012. Garlos, Mags, it's time to consider taking up golf. And I agree, Guillen was WAY over-paid for whatever value he may have had even in his "prime." I hope Detroit learns from this and doesn't toss the big bucks at Brennan Boesch and Alex Avila right away just because they had one good year.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Guillen, Ordonez hope to play in 2012

Time for both geezers to move on as they`ll never be healthy enough to help the Tigers again.  Too mad for Mags who was a solid hitter.  Maybe he could be a DH or PH, but he`s probably done.  Guillen was always overrated in my opinion.  The Tigers should make a run at Reyes or Rollins as they have a strong core. 


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