Tag:Magglio Ordonez
Posted on: December 6, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 1:42 pm

Money getting tight in Philly, Detroit

CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler is cruising the bar area at the hotel here at the Winter Meetings (that's coffee in his cup, I swear!) and here's a little bit of what he's hearing:

Kyle Kendrick • The Phillies are listening to offers for starter Kyle Kendrick (pictured), who could interest several teams. The top of their rotation is set, and they don't think they can move Joe Blanton, so that means Kendrick could bring something in return.

• The Phillies are looking for a right-handed platoon guy to split time with Domonic Brown in right, but they don't want to spend a whole lot of money. That's where Jeff Francoeur may fit in. The team doesn't have a whole lot of money left to spend, and could be looking for someone to be "the next Jayson Werth." It's a nice theory, at least.

• The Tigers would love to bring back Magglio Ordonez, but aren't sure they can afford him. They're selling pizzas for just $5, so money is getting tight in Detroit.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 10:20 am
Edited on: November 23, 2010 10:44 am

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Victor Martinez The first big free-agent signing of the offseason may be coming soon, as ESPNdeportes' Ignacio Serrano reports Victor Martinez is close to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers.

Martinez will return to the American League Central, where he played for the Indians from 2002 to 2009, when he was traded to the Red Sox.

Martinez hit .302/.351/.493 with 20 home runs for the Red Sox last season and is a career .300/.369/.469 hitter.

The Tigers have money to spare, with several big contracts coming off the books for 2011. The team announced earlier in the day that they would not be offering arbitration to their five free agents, Magglio Ordonez, Johnny Damon, Jeremy Bonderman, Bobby Seay and Gerald Laird.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 11:02 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 2:47 pm

Phillies could target Rowand, Ordonez

The Phillies may bring back a former postseason hero to serve as their new right-handed outfielder.

Rowand Aaron Rowand, who just won a ring with the Giants, is a name that has come up for Philadelphia to target, as SI.com's Jon Heyman reports. The deal would be contingent on the Giants eating a significant portion of his remaining salary -- $24 million over the next two years. Given Rowand has been squeezed out of a starting spot, the Giants should be motivated to eat the contract to a certain degree and ship him out.

Except that Rowand has been brutal against left-handers for two years and is largely limited to just center field and possibly left, but not right. Philly needs a right-fielder.

That's out.

Ordonez Heyman also tabs Magglio Ordonez as another target, which might be a savvy move. Ordonez could be had for one or two years at a solid salary but not outlandish and could give Philadelphia the right-handed power bat it needs as Domonic Brown eases into a starting role. Ordonez could shift to left to replace Raul Ibanez when Ibanez sits or eventually leaves the organization.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 9:36 pm

R.I.P. Tigers: Injuries play spoiler

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions in October. Today: our penultimate entry, the Detroit Tigers.

It was a tale of two seasons in the Motor City in 2010: a first half that was better than expected, and a second half that was worse.

Attrition had a lot to do with it, as injuries thinned the ranks and left Triple Crown candidate Miguel Cabrera exposed in the lineup. But the Tigers had a lot of young talent step up, and ended up feeling about as good as you can feel when you lead the division midway through the season and end up in third place with a .500 record.


Injuries. Bad ones, to important players, at critical times.

Brandon Inge broke his hand, Joel Zumaya his elbow and, most damaging, Magglio Ordonez broke his ankle on a slide into home plate on July 24 and never returned. Plus you had Carlos Guillen straining something twice a month and playing just 68 games. The injuries had a domino effect on the team, as roles changed and opponents started being able to pitch around Cabrera.

The offense and bullpen numbers were middle-of-the-pack, but the starting pitching was subpar, 11th in the AL in ERA.

Miguel Cabrera And this should probably more properly fall under what went right, but Armando Galarraga’s “perfect game that wasn’t” on June 2 ended up as more of a gut punch than a highlight. It was a good symbol of the Tigers’ season: No matter what they did, the breaks seemed to be against them.


Cabrera was tremendous, putting up a .328/.420/.622 line with 38 homers and 126 RBIs. His RBI  total, on-base percentage and  OPS+ of 179 were tops in the AL. If it were possible to do it all yourself, he certainly gave it a try. Ordonez, too, was having a big season, batting .303 before his injury.

Young hitting was in abundance, with two outfielders in the rookie of the year conversation. Austin Jackson batted .293, scored 103 runs, hit 34 doubles and play exciting defense. Brennan Boesch looked a heck of a lot better in the first half (.342 average) than the second (.163), but showed he’s got potential.

On the pitching side, Justin Verlander was an 18-game winner and an All-Star, Max Scherzer went 12-11 with a 3.50 ERA after arriving last winter from Arizona, and 22-year-old Rick Porcello weathered some growing pains and a trip to the minors and won five of his last six decisions.

The Tigers farm system is considered thin at the top, but some very good signs arrived from Triple-A Toledo. Will Rhymes (pictured, below right) put himself in the picture for the starting job at second base by batting .304 in 54 games, and outfielder Casper Wells was tremendous 9.323/.364/.538) in a 36-game audition.


The Tigers have some good core pieces and a lot of payroll flexibility, and a big part of what went wrong this year can be attributed to injuries. For those reasons, the Tigers are in a good position for 2011.

Will Rhymes SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Tigers have anywhere from $50 million to $70-plus million coming off the books, depending on how you do the accounting, so they’re in good position to address their needs.

The question is, how do they spend that money? They declined Ordonez’s pricey option, but could re-sign him for less. That would be a good start, but they could really use another middle-of-the-order threat.

As for the top free-agent bats, they’ve got room in the outfield for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth, but no place for Adrian Beltre now that they’ve made a multi-year offer to Inge (and Beltre is not likely to become a DH). Detroit could be an attractive option for Adam Dunn if he softens on his demand not to DH.

The Tigers are happy with the trio of Verlander, Scherzer and Porcello at the top of the rotation, and have said they want to convert Phil Coke to starting because they need a left-hander. But a veteran guy like Aaron Harang would fit nicely.


Look for the Tigers to be contenders next year, making for what should be an entertaining three-way battle with the Twins and White Sox in the Central.
Check out the other R.I.P. reports here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:23 am

Ordonez's time in Detroit may not be over

Magglio Ordonez The Tigers have officially declined the $15 million option on Magglio Ordonez, but that doesn't mean Ordonez's time in Detroit is done.

"We've not closed the door," Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told MLive.com . "We're very open to [singing him]. But somebody may make him a tremendous offer that he will take."

Ordonez, 36, was hitting .303/.378/.474 with 12 home runs when he suffered a broken ankle on July 24.

Ordonez tells Augusto Cardenas of Diario Panorama that he wants to stay in Detroit.

"I want to stay in Detroit, obviously," Ordonez told Cardenas (via MLB.com's Jason Beck ). "I have my friends, my teammates. I know the organization has been very good to me and the fans have treated me great. … I think there is a great chance to stay in Detroit, but let's see what happens."

One sticking point may be that Ordonez is represented by Scott Boras, and that always makes things more difficult.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 8:29 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 11:11 pm

Magglio Ordonez could return to Tigers

Magglio Ordonez The Tigers pulled a no-brainer Sunday night by confirming that the team will not pick up Magglio Ordonez' $15-million club option.

The 36-year-old, unlike last season, did not play enough to trigger the automatic exercising of the option. In 365 plate appearances, Ordonez was hitting .303/.378/.474 with 12 home runs before going down with a fractured right ankle that required surgery.

Even though the option is not going to be exercised, making Ordonez a free agent, general manager Dave Dombrowski told MLB.com that it doesn't mean the righty's future in town is over.

"That will not close the door by any means," Dombrowski said of declining the option. "For us, he is definitely a possibility."

Given the Tigers seem intent on flipping the roster over -- already telling catcher Gerald Laird and DH Johnny Damon they will not be resigned, with starter Jeremy Bonderman likely exiting as well, Ordonez' return figures to be unlikely even though the outfielder has a "strong desire to remain a Tiger," as Dombrowski notes.

However, the GM isn't expecting a quick resolution to Ordonez' future in Detroit. While he will be ready for next season, the jury is out on just how ready he will be and Detroit isn't in a rush to lock into anyone.

"You look at our positional players, and if we've got Brandon [Inge] and Jhonny Peralta done, well, your infield's pretty well set," Dombrowski said of other tasks on his to-do list. "You know what you're getting catcher-wise [with Alex Avila expected to step into a starting role]. You've got a couple of your outfield spots filled. You know what you're looking for in your outfield. But we'll explore what other opportunities are out there, and Magglio coming off of his [injury] situation."

Also compounding matters is Scott Boras as Ordonez' agent, as Dombrowski was quick to point out.

"He's also represented by somebody not normally akin to making fast deals. It comes with the territory," he noted.

While Dombrowski is a strong general manager who was able to pull Detroit out of being a punch line to AL champions in 2006, it's hard to imagine how Detroit can move forward as a contender if Inge, Peralta and Avila are all set to return to full-time roles. Ryan Raburn is also slated to be the team's full-time left fielder, giving exactly one person where Detroit could target a high-value player: right field.

Given the team has internal options for right in Casper Wells and Brennan Boesch in addition to potentially bringing back Ordonez, the Tigers could concievably stand pat on offense and make a push to improve the pitching. The Tigers were 11th in runs scored, but one of the major-league's worst when it comes to production off the mound. Unless Dombrowski plans to sink all his money into pitching, the offense might become a problem.

UPDATE: Dombrowski says the Tigers "must" get a middle-of-the-order hitter, as Tom Gage of the Detroit News reports . He would prefer a left-handed slugger, which could open the door for Adam Dunn, Hideki Matsui or Russell Branyan.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 1:16 pm

Tigers making big decisions on 2011

Johnny Damon I'm sure Red Sox fans will be happy to hear Johnny Damon will be available this offseason.

Damon turned down a trade to the Red Sox in August because he liked Detroit so much and wanted to stay there. Apparently the Tigers think that's mighty nice, but he can move on along now.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski talked to reporters (via Steve Kornacki of MLive.com ) before Sunday's season-finale in Baltimore and said the team wouldn't bring back Damon, catcher Gerald Laird or starter Jeremy Bonderman, although Bonderman could be invited to spring training if he doesn't find another home.

The team will also decline their $15 million option on outfielder Magglio Ordonez, Dombrowski said, but would like to bring him back at a more team-friendly price.

As for those staying, the team has offered third baseman Brandon Inge a multi-year contract and may pick up shortstop Jhonny Peralta's $7.25 million option.

Dombrowski said the team will be looking to add a middle of the order "RBI threat" with the $70.1 million coming off the team's books.

Also, manager Jim Leyland told reporters (via the Detroit Free Press ' John Lowe ) that left-hander Phil Coke will be moved from the bullpen to the rotation.

"We need a left-hander in the rotation," Leyland said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 7:46 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 7:59 pm

Ordonez set for surgery

Could Magglio Ordonez's time in Detroit be over?

Ordonez had been hoping to return late in the season after he broke his right ankle on July 24, but he was examined again in Los Angeles on Tuesday and will undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday.

The Tigers said in a release that the outfielder is expected to be ready to play in 2011. However, Detroit holds a club option for $15 million in 2011 with no buyout. The money would have been guaranteed with 135 starts or 540 plate appearances in 2010 or 270 starts or 1,080 combined plate appearances in 2009 and 2010. Ordonoez started 84 games this season and had 365 plate appearances this season and 131 and 518 last season.

Ordonez, 36, hit .303/.378/.474 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI this season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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