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February 6, 2005
BASEBALL: The Greater Fools

I'm a big fan of Magglio Ordonez, and I've thought for much of the winter that somebody might get a great bargain on him if Ordonez turned out not to have long-term problems stemming from his knee injury. But the 5 years and $75 million dollars (plus two extra option years that vest automatically if Ordonez hits playing time targets) given to Ordonez by the Tigers is not a bargain - it's closer to the market value of a healthy Magglio.

The Tigers do apparently have an escape clause:

Under the complicated deal, Detroit would have the right to void the contract after the 2005 season if Ordonez has a reoccurrence of the left knee injury that hampered his production with the Chicago White Sox for most of last year and the reoccurrence lands him on the disabled list for 25 days or more.

That's a savvy way to hedge against the risk of a recurrent injury. But it does nothing to solve the problem of what happens if Ordonez can play, but not well. Plus, there could be litigation down the road if Ordonez' agent, Scott Boras, thinks the Tigers are holding down his playing time to get out of the option years. I know Detroit is desperate, but really.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:50 PM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

This is just a horrible deal. Magglio's never been a superstar, just a good, low level all star type player. Now he's already 31 and coming off injury. His age 36 season putting up league average production and poor defense in RF for ~18 million is going to be fantastic

Posted by: Mike at February 7, 2005 12:40 AM

Yup. Bad deal. Too long. Too much money.

I'm a Sox fan, and I wasn't too pleased with the Magglio rumors going to Boston for Nomar and Manny, but A-Rod was part of that package.

But as a Sox fan who now lives in Michigan, and wants to see the Tigers put a good team on the field, this was not the place to spend the money in my opinion.

Ordonez is a good player. He's better than a low-level All-Star, he's just not as well-known. Five years of 310-30-120 is nice production. But the problem is he is likely past his prime, and will have a hard time repeating those numbers over the next five years in Comerica Park. Even if the Tigers protected themselves with the escape clause, they paid too much at a time when Ordonez should have come at a bit of a discount.

Then again, a team like Detroit shouldn't expect players to come unless they make it worth their while.

Posted by: Mr Furious at February 7, 2005 9:58 AM

What I want to know is, why is everyone praising the Tigers for giving themselves an "out" with the Ordonez contract when all people did was whine when the Mets gave themselves an "out" when they offered Guerrero another rather creative contract? Nobody knew last winter that Guerrero would be MVP. Can we say "hypocrites?"

Guerrero didn't want to come here. Plain and simple. Why can't Mets fans grasp this concept?

Posted by: Anne at February 12, 2005 10:38 AM
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