Posted on: April 11, 2011 7:46 pm
By Matt Snyder
Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez left Monday's game against the Rangers with tightness in his Achilles. He had been battling soreness in his right ankle in the early going this season, after having surgery on the ankle this past offseason. He missed Sunday's game and was pulled following the seventh inning Monday. He will reportedly miss "at least the next few days" moving forward. (MLB.com )
Ordonez, 37, hasn't done much to help the 3-7 Tigers here in the early going of 2011. His on-base and slugging percentages are both below .300 and he still isn't moving well in right field. Meanwhile, Brennan Boesch and Ryan Raburn have swung the bat relatively well thus far -- not to mention both are much younger than Ordonez. It's hard to see how him missing a few days really hurts the team.
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Posted on: April 3, 2011 11:56 am
Edited on: April 3, 2011 1:24 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Edgar Martinez isn't in the Hall of Fame, but he has a heck of a case.
Martinez is one of eight players -- along with Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Stan Musical, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Manny Ramirez and Todd Helton -- to have 300 home runs, 500 doubles, a career .300 batting average, a career on-base percentage better than .400 and a career slugging higher than .500.
The former Mariners designated hitter finished his career with a career 147 OPS+, while hitting .312 in 18 seasons. Martinez made seven All-Star teams and won five Silver Sluggers as a designated hitter. In 2004, Major League Baseball renamed its Outstanding Designated Hitter Award for Martinez.
In short, Martinez was a phenomenal hitter.
And with 2,247 hits, Martinez had led all Mariners in career hits until Saturday night when Ichiro Suzuki broke his mark with two hits in the Mariners' 5-2 victory over the A's.
It took Martinez -- as we noted, one of the best hitters of his generation -- 18 seasons to amass 2,247. Ichiro passed it in the second game of his 11th season.
Sometimes I think it's easy to forget just how good Suzuki is. Maybe because he plays in the late games and the Mariners haven't been good lately, but Suzuki's career is one for the ages.
In each of his first 10 seasons, Suzuki has had at least 200 hits. He's already the Mariners' career leader in stolen bases (386), triples (71) and batting average (.331) and needs 425 at-bats to pass Martinez in that category.
If you add the 1,278 hits Suzuki had in his time in Japan, he has 3,526 career hits and could finish his professional career with more hits than Pete Rose's 4,256 in the big leagues. While not quite the same and not the MLB record, it'd still be an impressive feat, especially with shorter seasons in Japan.
Martinez passed Ken Griffey Jr. as the team's all-time hits leader on April 3, 2001, just days into Suzuki's tenure with the Mariners. The two played together for several years, and Suzuki said Saturday he was humbled by passing Martinez.
"Today I broke his record. When you look at his numbers, that's a fact," Ichiro said through interpreter Antony Suzuki (via MLB.com). "But he is a hero back in Seattle. He is my hero as well. When you look at his existence, he's a lot bigger than I am, being a great human being as well. So that's how I look at it.
"I played with Edgar for years. That's something that is important to me. That's precious. That's a treasure to me. That's what I honor as well."
Royals' FUTURE FLUSH -- After the Royals beat the Angels on Saturday, it was time for the real show -- Kansas City's Double-A and Triple-A teams faced off at Kauffman Stadium to a healthy crowd ready to see baseball's most hyped prospects in person. About half the crowd of 18,022 for the Royals-Angels game stayed to watch the likes of Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. [Kansas City Star]
NO PLATOON FOR PANDA -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy has assured Pablo Sandoval that he will not be part of a platoon at third base this season. Sandoval sat against lefty Ted Lilly on Saturday, but that was a matchup thing, Bochy told him. [San Jose Mercury News]
WAITING FOR HOLLIDAY -- The Cardinals aren't going to put outfielder Matt Holliday on the disabled list right away, hoping to avoid a trip altogether. Holliday had an appendectomy on Friday and was discharged from the hospital on Saturday. The Cardinals will wait a couple of days to see whether Holliday will be able to come back in time to avoid a DL trip. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
DEBUT -- Zach Britton may have been the Orioles' best starter this spring, but when time came for the final cuts, he still found himself headed to Triple-A Norfolk -- until the Orioles' best rookie of 2010, Brian Matusz, was placed on the DL with a left intercostal muscle strain. Britton, who had a 1.35 ERA in spring, will start today against the Rays. [MLB.com]
MAGGLIO OUT -- Magglio Ordonez isn't playing in today's game against the Yankees because of a sore right ankle. Ordonez was lifted for a defensive replacement in the sixth inning of Saturday's loss. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said it was mostly a precautionary move. [MLB.com]
LONG NAME, LONG LAYOFF -- Nationals lefty Tom Gorzelanny will have 15 days between his final spring training start and his first regular-season start on April 9, but he is unconcerned. [Washington Post]
Padres LOVE THE BUNT -- The Padres new No. 3 hitter, Orlando Hudson, laid down a sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Cardinals. The Padres have had their No. 3 hitter sacrifice 20 times in the last 20 years. [Ducksnorts]
CLOSE SHAVE -- Rays starter Wade Davis will shave his head -- well, at least the top of it, his beard is staying -- following today's game. The shave is for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Cut for a Cure and is hoping to raise $10,000. As of Saturday, he'd raised $8,000 with his vow to go bald. [Tampa Tribune]
DIFFERENT WAY TO THE BIGS -- Former 16th-round draft pick Griffin Benedict has given up his dream of playing in the big leagues, instead accepting the Padres' offer of joining the team as its second bullpen catcher. Benedict is the son of former big-league catcher Bruce Benedict. He hit .229 at low Class A Fort Wayne last season. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
PATCH FEVER -- There's a total of eight memorial patches on MLB uniforms this summer. The Reds, Tigers, Pirates, Indians, Phillies, Dodgers, Cubs and Mariners are all sporting patches honoring people who have passed in the last year. While the Indians have gotten rave reviews of their Bob Feller patch (and for good reason), I'm a really big fan of the Pirates' Chuck Tanner patch as well. [Uniwatch Blog]
AT-BAT MUSIC -- Reds official blogger Jamie Ramsey has a list of all the at-bat music for the Reds this season. [Better Off Red]
WHITE TELLS ALL -- The New York Times has great things to say about Bill White's new book, Upity, about his time in baseball, both as a player and a league official.
BOW TIE -- Nice story from FOXSports.com reporter Ken Rosenthal on why he'll wear a bow tie on all telecasts this season. I thought it looked great, and glad to see the direction he's taken it. Good for Ken and Dhani Jones. [FOXSports.com]
FREE GAMES -- If you have the MLB At-Bat for the iPhone, iPad or Android devices, you'll get MLB.tv for free during April. If you're reading this and have an iPhone, iPad or Android device, you need to spend the $15 for the At-Bat app and this just makes it an even better deal. (You do have to buy separate apps for each device, but it's still totally worth it.) [The Unofficial Apple Weblog]
Tags: AL Central, AL East, AL West, Bill White, Brian Matusz, Brian Wilson, Cubs, David Aardsma, Dodgers, Eric Hosmer, Giants, Griffin Benedict, Ichiro Suzuki, Indians, John Danks, Magglio Ordonez, Mariners, Matt Holliday, Mike Moustakas, Nationals, NL Central, NL East, NL West, Orioles, Orlando Hudson, Pablo Sandoval, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Rays, Reds, Roy Oswalt, Royals, Tigers, Tom Gorzelanny, Wade Davis, White Sox, Zach Britton
Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:01 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans
With no games to play, sometimes some stories get a little too overexposed. From the Cliff Lee sweepstakes to Chase Utley's day-to-day health and the Jon Daniels-Michael Young feud, we're all pretty much tired of them by now.
The story won't be closed until Young is no longer in a Rangers uniform, then he'll have a press conference, have his say and it'll all be over. For now, he's still a Ranger and back on speaking terms with his general manager. The two met Wednesday and Thursday, and Young said neither minced words.
"I laid out in detail what I was feeling, what my concerns were and gave him the opportunity to do the same," Young told the media on Thursday, including the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. "Anytime you're going to sit down with somebody where there's a problem or an issue and air things out face-to-face, it's always productive."
Young would not say if he still wants to be traded, but Daniels said it's "unlikely" to happen before the season begins -- and Young understands that.
"It created a situation where fans, media and other people in the organization were almost taking sides," Daniels said (again, from the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram). "It should have never been that way. We both want the same thing, for the Rangers to win. Through that process, I think Michael took a lot of shots from the media and fan base that from my persecutive weren't necessary."
That last statement is interesting to me -- it's Daniels standing up for Young. He may have thought or said in private some of the same things the fans or media have said, but he's not going to do that in public. It's a wise move, one that Young -- no matter what he's said in the past -- has to at least see as a move in the right direction.
Maybe Young plays out his days as a Ranger, maybe he doesn't. But either way, hopefully we can end this chapter.
READ THIS TODAY -- The Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger writes a great column on former Royal Willie Mays Aikens and his faith. Aikens is dealing with family tragedy even after everything in his life was looking up. After 14 years in jail, Aikens had been hired by the Royals this offseason. I'll let Mellinger tell the rest of the story.
BLAME THE MESSENGER -- Well, once someone says something interesting, we all know they'll come back and claim it's "taken out of context." That's what Buck Showalter did on Thursday, backing away from his comments in the April issue of Men's Journal about the Yankees and Red Sox. [Boston Globe]
GALARRAGA TO BULLPEN -- The Diamondbacks are expected to move Armando Galarraga to the bullpen, with Aaron Heilman taking the fifth spot in the team's rotation. Galarraga has an 8.44 ERA in 16 innings this spring. Galarraga said he still wants to be a starter. [Arizona Republic]
NATS PICK FIFTH STARTER -- Tom Gorzelanny will fill out the Nationals' rotation, manager Jim Riggleman said on Thursday. Livan Hernandez will open the season for the Nationals, followed by Jordan Zimmermann, John Lannan and Jason Marquis. [MASNSports.com]
LAWRIE SENT DOWN -- After saying he was done with the minor leagues this offseason, Brett Lawrie discovered he's not the one in charge of that decision. The 21-year-old third baseman said he was disappointed, but understood his demotion. The Blue Jays acquired Lawrie this offseason by sending Shaun Marcum to Milwaukee in exchange for the former first-rounder. [MLB.com]
ORDONEZ READY -- Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez said he'll be ready for opening day. Ordonez returned to action for the first time since last week on Thursday night. Ordonez went 1 for 4 on Thursday with a double. [MLB.com]
BELTRAN IMPROVING -- Carlos Beltran reported no pain in his knees after a workout on Thursday and Mets manager Terry Collins was so impressed with the way he looked that he wouldn't count out Beltran for opening day. [New York Times]
MORALES IMPROVING -- Orthotic inserts have helped ease the soreness in the left foot of Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales. Morales still won't be available for opening day, but he has gotten the OK by the team's trainers to start "baseball activities." [MLB.com]
DAVIS DRAWING INTEREST -- Doug Davis, the 35-year-old left-hander, threw for as many as eight teams in Tempe, Arizona, on Thursday. Davis made just eight starts last season for the Brewers due to a heart problem and elbow surgery. Among the eight teams to watch him were the Rangers, Rockies, Orioles, Mets and Angels. [MLB.com]
WORK OF ART -- Pedro Martinez will be on hand at the Smithsonian on Friday for the unveiling of his portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. A painting of Martine done by Susan Miller-Havens has been donated to the gallery by MLB.com's Peter Gammons and his wife. [Smithsonian]
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER -- The man the late Buck O'Neil handpicked to run the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City following the legend's death, is finally getting the job. Bob Kendrick was passed over as the head of the museum two years ago and on the brink of collapse, Kendrick has been tabbed to takeover.
FAN-DESIGNED UNIFORM -- I didn't know until yesterday that the White Sox uniforms of the the 80s were the product of a contest run by the team to design a new uniform. Richard Launius, then of Dayton, Ohio, designed the White Sox's pullover Sox uniforms with numbers on the pants. [ESPN.com]
FOOD NETWORK INVADES YOUR PARK -- The Food Network is offering steak sandwiches at eight ballparks this summer. If you're in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, San Diego, St. Louis or Texas, you can go visit Paula Deen working her cart at your park. What, you don't think she's going to be there? Maybe Morimoto? We can hope. [Sportsandfood.com]
Tags: Aaron Heilman, AL Central, AL East, AL West, Angels, Armando Galarraga, Blue Jays, Brett Lawrie, Buck Showalter, Carlos Beltran, Diamondbacks, Doug Davis, Esmil Rogers, Jason Hammel, Jason Marquis, Jhoulys Chacin, Jim Riggleman, John Lannan, Jon Daniels, Jordan Zimmermann, Jorege De La Rosa, Kendrys Morales, Livan Hernandez, Magglio Ordonez, Mets, Michael Young, Nationals, NL Central, NL East, NL West, NL West, Orioles, Rangers, Rockies, Royals, Shaun Marcum, Tigers, Tom Gorzelanny, Ubaldo Jimenez, White Sox, Willie Mays Aikens
Posted on: February 18, 2011 3:19 pm
When Miguel Cabrera shows up in Tigers camp following his drunk-driving arrest, he'll find a sympathetic -- but frank -- confidant in countryman and friend Magglio Ordonez.
"Miguel is the franchise player of this team," Ordonez told MLB.com on Friday. "He understands that they're building the team around him, and he needs to put everything together. He's a superstar and he needs to act like a superstar and he needs to work hard."
Ordonez and Cabrera worked out together for much of the offseason in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but Ordonez said he had no insight into the personal life of his younger teammate.
"Miguel's a really nice guy," Ordonez said. "I don't know his personal life. I don't know if he has problems, but I know he's a good guy and he's a great teammate and he's a very nice person. Like I said, hopefully he can get himself together and be ready to play baseball.
"I'm going to support him because he needs support. He's also my friend, so when he gets here, I'm going to talk to him and I'm going to support him."
-- David Andriesen
Posted on: December 16, 2010 1:51 pm
As we continue channeling Jon Heyman's Twitter feed, the SI.com reporter has the scoop that Magglio Ordonez has agreed to return to the Tigers on a one-year, $10 million deal.
Ordonez reportedly had two-year offers elsewhere, but likes the Tigers, who previously declined a $15 million option on him for next season. It might look like Detroit overpaid, but it's a reasonable price for Ordonez if he's healthy (which, granted, is a big if), and the Tigers are wisely not locked into a multi-year deal with the 36-year-old.
Ordonez put up a .303/.378/.474 line last season but was limited to 84 games due to injuries, including a broken ankle that required season-ending surgery. The six-time All-Star is a career .312 hitter.
-- David Andriesen
Posted on: December 15, 2010 9:32 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2010 9:40 pm
Okay, so all the big names are off the board now, and quite a few solid names are gone as well.
Now teams are left to fight over the scraps, and how clubs go about filling their holes with the remaining names can have major implications on a season. There will be teams who are done spending and shopping for bargain-bin pickups, teams who have been jilted and can spread money around and more.
No more Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth or Victor Martinez may not be exciting, but there's still plenty more machinations ahead. The trade market may also start heating up now that teams can more clearly identify their holes or surplus players.
So who are the top 10 free agents left?
10. Kevin Gregg
Gregg closed for Toronto in 2010 and surprisingly held his own in the AL East after years of being a miscast closer and flaming out of Chicago. He's still not a great option, but as someone willing to ink for just two years, Gregg's market may open up what with the crazy three-year pacts being handed out.
How about: The Orioles seem to be the top (only?) suitor for Gregg, so let's take the safe route here and tab Gregg to the O's. This would push Mike Gonzalez and Koji Uehara to setup roles, and give the O's what suddenly looks like an intriguing top three in the bullpen that could do wonders for the young rotation's confidence in nailing down wins.
9. Brian Fuentes
Fuentes is another mediocre closer but as a left-hander with strikeout stuff, is in plenty of demand as both a setup man and closer. Fuentes is looking to max out the years on his contract but has a top team in the Red Sox chasing him, plus plenty of other clubs with the financial wherewithal to import Fuentes.
How about: The Yankees. New York has money to toss around and a need for a left-handed reliever. Fuentes ranks above Pedro Feliciano in the remaining market for lefties and Fuentes may be willing to pitch just in front of Mariano Rivera. He's likely too pricey for Colorado.
8. Bill Hall
Hall revitalized his career in Boston as a super-utilityman and rediscovered the pop he left behind mid-decade in Milwaukee. Another good season would really open up his career prospects. He's been closely linked to the Dodgers, but there's no shortage of teams that would want him as a backup. The club that can offer him the most playing time is likely the team that snags him.
How about: The Dodgers. L.A. has made a habit of collecting average players and hoping quantity beats out quality. Problem: they still haven't solved their left-field conundrum. Hall makes a lot of sense here as he can back up at multiple positions and serve as insurance in case they need to move him out from left field.
7. Jim Thome
Thome is 40 years old and still bashing home runs, cranking 25 in 340 plate appearances for the Twins. However, he looks to be squeezed out by the impending return of Justin Morneau and emergence of Delmon Young. As someone who will come on a one-year deal and a cheap base salary, any team with a hole at DH has to be interested.
How about: The Rays. The market for DHs is small, but Tampa Bay are one such team that could use Thome's thump and have a DH spot -- and no potential for losing the spot -- waiting for him. In addition, Thome could benefit from the short porch in Yankee Stadium and the moving in of the right-field fence in Boston.
6. Bobby Jenks
Jenks has often had a tumultuous career in Chicago as Ozzie Guillen hs never been a fan. However, Jenks was actually better than Rafael Soriano in 2010. Jenks's xFIP was 2.62, while Soriano checked in at 2.81. Over the next three years, Soriano is certainly the better property, but the point is that Jenks has actually been a better pitcher these last few years than given credit for.
How about: The Rays. Yes, Tampa Bay is slashing payroll, but they still have some room to spend dollars. They have an empty bullpen, putting them in position to pick and choose from any remaining reliever out there and handing them the closer's job. Jenks, however, is the only one who would likely accept a one-year deal to rebuild his value before hitting free agency again after the year. Tampa won't complain about that. (The Jays were the original pick here, but a Hardball Talk report that has Jenks and Tampa Bay close to an agreement changed that.)
5. Derrek Lee
Lee started the year hobbled by a thumb injury, and Aramis Ramirez's own struggles compounded the issue for the Cubs. Lee bounced back in the second half and showed he wasn't cooked with the Braves. However, his stock is down enough that a one-year deal could work in his best interest -- and teams would be only too happy to oblige.
How about: The Padres. Lee is a Northern California boy, and is the best first baseman remaining on the market. The Orioles seem focused on Adam LaRoche, and the Nats are talking to LaRoche as well, but Lee should provide the bigger bang for the buck in 2011. The Padres desperately need a first baseman and could make the case to Lee that they are better positioned to win in 2011 than either the Nats or O's.
4. Magglio Ordonez
Looking past how much Ordonez was overpaid the last few seasons, you see an outfielder still capable of hitting with the stick. His agent, Scott Boras, is currently being unreasonable in salary demands but since when is that news? Of the outfielders left on the market, Mags is the best bet of all to produce in 2011.
How about: The Tigers. Detroit still needs a bat, and that outfield as comprised (Ryan Raburn-Austin Jackson-Brennan Boesch) does not look pretty. There's motivation on both sides to get a deal done.
3. Carl Pavano
Pavano is a quality starter, there's no doubt about that. He can soak up innings and function as a solid No. 3 in any rotation, but he seems to be benefiting from a positive groundswell of support as there's not much differentiating him from Joe Blanton. He's understandably trying to capitalize on a market run amok, but Pavano's injury history and advanced age is working against him here.
How about: The Twins. Minnesota wants Pavano back and Pavano wants back in the Twin Cities. It's possible that Pavano, seeking a three-year, $30 million contract, could leave money on the table to do so.
2. Rafael Soriano
Soriano is a lights out reliever but seems to be suffering from a curious lack of interest. Yes, his pedigree as a closer is one reason for that as teams are balking at four years and a high salary. One might think teams are learning their lesson when it comes to overpaying for relievers, but unfortunately it appears that teams are only getting smarter when it comes to paying closers, not relievers as evidenced by the ridiculous three-year deals handed out to relievers. But riddle me this: if someone like Matt Guerrier can get three years, how can Soriano not demand four?
How about: The Rangers. Texas is scrambling to find a pitcher to replace Cliff Lee. Pavano's a possibility, but how well can he play in that park? It may be better to go for the quality arm in Soriano and convert Neftali Feliz to a starter.
1. Adrian Beltre
The best player left on the market, Beltre can pick it with the best of them and enjoyed a strong season at the plate. There's enough question marks about Beltre's offense that he's going to have to move significantly off his salary demands unless he phones Oakland and asks for the five-year, $65 million deal to be put back on the table.
How about: The Angels. It makes too much sense for the Angels to sign Beltre. They have a gaping hole at third and missed out on Crawford. Beltre, meanwhile, has seen his suitors dwindle as the market hasn't broke in his favor. This is a match for both sides that is too obvious. Then again, the Crawford-Angels match was obvious as well. As long as Los Angeles continues to negotiate as if there are no other teams involved, they will continue to miss out. The Halos could stand to be more aggressive.
-- Evan Brunell
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 5:47 pm
Johnny Damon wants to make one thing clear, as per WEEI 's Lou Merloni: his decision to reject a trade to the Red Sox in the summer was not personal.
"You know me. I’ve always been extremely loyal to my teammates," Damon told Merloni. "A lot of them expressed their desire to keep me around. My intention was to return there this year, but they had other plans."
While this certainly is true, it's also true that Damon was concerned about returning to Boston given the reception he has received -- as well as a fear that Yankee fans could start giving him the same reception. There were multiple reports and quotes to this effect, and it played a factor, however small, in his eventual decision to stay in Detroit rather than go try to make the playoffs in Boston.
Why a different tune now? Probably a combination of factors, one being his speaking to Red Sox players during his decision process and being assured that he would be welcomed back. The big factor?
The simple fact is that Damon wants as big a market as possible for his services.
"Obviously, I’d love to return to Boston," he said. "I loved playing there, and I think it would be a perfect fit, with the chance to win again. I know I could do that in Boston."
But where would Damon play? It's possible he could enter into a timeshare with Mike Cameron and play left field, but Boston is going after Magglio Ordonez hard, as per Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. If the club misses out, then it's possible Damon could emerge as an option -- but only if he's willing to accept reduced playing time.
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Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:30 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 5:42 pm
Scott Boras told reporters on Wednesday that the market for Magglio Ordonez "is pretty aggressive."
Well, there may be a mystery team or three in there for all we know. One team that is certainly interested is the Tigers, his last club.
Boras said Ordonez worked out for teams -- including the Tigers -- on Wednesday to show that his knee is healthy, word here is that nobody's really buying him as an everyday player at this point -- especially for the type of moon he'll likely be seeking, as well as the rumor that he's looking for at least a two-year deal.
The Tigers aren't sure he could hold up to play every day in the outfield, however, with Victor Martinez splitting time between catcher and DH, he could DH on days Martinez is catching.
Boras said many of the teams interested in Jayson Werth are now interested in Ordonez and our own Danny Knobler says the Red Sox are a front-runner for the outfielder, and others are saying the Phillies have some interest. Word is the Red Sox were not at his workout today.
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