Ordonez Out 6-8 Weeks, Option Will Not Vest

Tigers slugger Magglio Ordonez will be out for 6-8 weeks with a broken right ankle, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse (via Twitter).  The injury could prove to be costly for Ordonez as he needs 540 plate appearances or 135 starts in order for his 2011 option to vest.

Currently, the 36-year-old has 363 plate appearances and has started just 71 games.  Based on the current prognosis, Ordonez could only hope to return to action in the first week of September.

Had his 2011 option with Detroit vested, Ordonez would have earned $15MM.  This season, Ordonez has a slash line of .301/.375/.472 with 12 homers.


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5 years 10 days ago

Jose Bautista makes sense for the Tigers. He can play 3B when Ordonez gets back.

Abraham Zapruder
5 years 10 days ago

lucky break for Detroit, literally.

airohpue13
5 years 10 days ago

I wouldn’t call it lucky. With Ordonez and Guillen getting hurt tonight, the tigers have to be seriously considering renaming their team the mudhens. I don’t see how they can possibly make enough moves now to be able to contend.

soxin10
5 years 10 days ago

The Tigers can remain contenders. The red sox have been without their lead off hitter (Ellsbury), number 2 (Pedroia), and number 3 hitters (V-Mart), Center Fielder Cameron has been at half health all year, No major league catchers on the roster, plus the Ace (Beckett is just getting back as is 10 game winner Bucholz. All in all I think the Sox had about a dozen guys on the 25 on the DL.

Sox are starting to fail, but they held it together for a long time. Tigers can do the same.

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

No.

The Tigers just lost one of their better hitters for at least six weeks.

slap1328
5 years 10 days ago

agree

Ferrariman
5 years 10 days ago

tigers become sellers? or maybe they try to acquire bautista.

airohpue13
5 years 10 days ago

If the tigers were going to become sellers Ordonez would have been the main piece I could have seen them parting with. That coupled with the message it sends to the fans with the team giving up while still in the rac, will stop them from becoming sellers.

Ferrariman
5 years 10 days ago

idk i doubt ordonez would have been moved because he has a ton of money coming his way(damn you boras) and not exactly the best defender.

also doesn’t he have a NTC? or a PNTC?

airohpue13
5 years 10 days ago

I think he does have an NTC, anyway the point is moot now.

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

I think it would be ridiculous for the Tigers to become sellers.

tigers22
5 years 10 days ago

I agree. We don’t even have anything to sell off. They aren’t going to trade Miggy, Boesch, Ajax, JV, Scherzer, or Valverde. Guys like Bondo or Damon would have very little trade value anyways.

They’re still close enough in the division not to sell pieces off. Last night was a huge blow though, which will probably make the Tigers stand pat. That had a bunch of holes to fill before 2 starters went down last night. Now giving up parts of the future for one guy this year at the deadline wouldn’t make any sense.

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

//Last night was a huge blow though, which will probably make the Tigers stand pat.//

I don’t necessarily agree. Remember, this is Ilitch we’re talking about.

And I will continue to harp on Dan Haren until the cows come home.

Vivid_Reality
5 years 10 days ago

Lilly, Fukudome/Byrd, and Theriot to Detroit. Lets go Hendry.

Jeff Westcott
5 years 10 days ago

Dombrowski is dumb. But he’s not that dumb.

Vivid_Reality
5 years 10 days ago

A man can dream, but in all seriousness, never gonna happen.

shockey12
5 years 10 days ago

Crosby + turner + low level prspects for buck+ bautista?

airohpue13
5 years 10 days ago

Not a chance would the tigers do that one. They don’t even want to part with turner for haren.

shockey12
5 years 10 days ago

So far this season Haren hasn’t been that good. A 4.5 era is not exactly impressive. That probably is asking too much but what if they included Downs?

airohpue13
5 years 10 days ago

Crosby is injured anyway so he’s not going anywhere.

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

Crosby is out for the season.

tigers22
5 years 10 days ago

WHAT?

dizzle4
5 years 10 days ago

Bautista really makes perfect sense. Tigers have been said to be interested in some Jays relievers too, so maybe something there can work out.

dizzle4
5 years 10 days ago

Oh, right, and Buck.

5 years 10 days ago

So really, it’s safe to say the Jays and Tigers make a good fit and Detroit should just buy our entire team. =)

EpiphanyinBaltimore
5 years 10 days ago

Turner will not be going in any deal for a Bautista. You’d need a piece like Haren to get that done (and the Tigers are reluctant to part with Turner for even him).

johnsilver
5 years 10 days ago

Take Frenchy off of the Mets hands for absolutely nothing, he should help out some for a month and at least can play good defense in RF, plus Mets happy to get someone to pay the remaining 5M owed for this year. Can always non tender him when the year is over so not to be stuck with having to pay him more next year, or find somebody cheaper.

wolverine119
5 years 10 days ago

article said 11 million… is there a 4 million $ buyout?? b/c that vesting option is for 15 mil… if the buyout is 4 millioin det. will prolly pick up the option.. not the right bussiness move.. but they will do it for PR purposes

$1519287
5 years 10 days ago

From Cots,

Magglio Ordonez of
5 years/$75M (2005-09), plus 2010 & 2011 club options
signed by Detroit as a free agent 2/05
$6M signing bonus (due 11/05, not guaranteed)
05:$6M, 06:$15M, 07:$12M, 08:$15M, 09:$18M, 10:$18M club option ($3M buyout), 11:$15M club option (no buyout)

mistermonkey
5 years 10 days ago

This really sucks for this year — although it does give them even more flexibility for 2011. Still, they can contend in 2010. Sure, the Tigers definitely need some lumber now (and they already did). But I will say that they don’t really need a strict OF, because they have Damon/Jackson/Boesch/Raburn already. What they need is a utility guy. Sucks that Callaspo went to the Angels — he would have been a really good fit. You could have put him at 3B, pushed Guillen to DH, and then just hoped for the best with Sizemore at 2B. So really, if they can just acquire a 3B who can replace Ordonez’s output, they should still be fine. Bautista would be a great fit, and I’d even see what it might take to get Figgins from Seattle after last night’s meltdown.

It’s a $15MM option in 2011.

Tigerfan93
5 years 10 days ago

Welcome to Detroit, Mr. Strieby.

airohpue13
5 years 10 days ago

Mr. Frazier is my guess.

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

Nope. They’ve already announced the moves. Larish and Rhymes.

I think this means Boesch will play RF full-time now.

airohpue13
5 years 10 days ago

More Raburn in the outfield….son of a…

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

Probably some combo of Raburn/Damon. 😐

rbeezy
5 years 10 days ago

good bye haren , you will see damon rumors by the end of the weekend. the tigers are done. too many holes to fill. they can come back in 2011 and be strong but they have to give up 2010.

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

//the tigers are done.

they have to give up 2010.//

No they don’t.

They’re still just 2.5 games out in a division where no one else seems to want to win. They may stay in it just by virtue of that.

tigers22
5 years 10 days ago

Very true. I agree with this

Motor_City_Bombshell
5 years 10 days ago

Could this mean the Tigers aggressively pursue Jayson Werth in the offseason? Or do they try and bring back Ordonez for a reduced price? This calls for an even more interesting offseason for the Tigers next winter and it was already an interesting one. It’s also an extremely big blow for the Tigers this year, but I can’t see them becoming sellers after they’ve been in a buying position all season. Although at this point I could see them going after someone who is a rental now, and if they’re type-A or type-B, offer them the arbitration and take that risk and then take the draft picks, because they’ll have the salary to risk it. It’s going to be an interesting few months, that’s for sure.

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

Buster Olney just said the Tigers had scouts in Philly watching Jayson Werth and could pick up JosĂ© GuillĂ©n if they assumed his contract (this seems to be speculation on Olney’s part). He said Dombrowski hasn’t thought about moves to replace Ordoñez yet.

Tigerfan93
5 years 10 days ago

I hope Ryan Strieby comes up from Toledo.

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

It won’t be Streiby. It’ll be Larish and Rhymes (for GuillĂ©n).

I mean, at least right now it won’t be Streiby.

airohpue13
5 years 10 days ago

What about Frazier? He has been the tigers best hitter in AAA all year.

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

I assume it’s Larish because he is a left-handed power hitting third baseman.

airohpue13
5 years 10 days ago

Just looked at frazier’s stats again. His on base percentage may have factored in. It’s only .318.

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

Yeah . . . That might’ve played into the decision too (Larish’s OBP is .373, FTR).

Tigerfan93
5 years 10 days ago

If they go after any outfielder (which may not happen due to in house talent) I would like to see them go after Carl Crawford. Werth is okay, but not great. Crawford can hit, run, and field.

tigers22
5 years 10 days ago

I would LOVE to see them get Weth. An outfield of Werth, Boesch, and Ajax would be sick

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

Just announced on Jason Beck’s blog:

Tigers are recalling Jeff Larish and Will Rhymes for Ordoñez and Carlos GuillĂ©n. They’ll have to drop a couple players from the 40-man roster to bring them up.

Motor_City_Bombshell
5 years 10 days ago

Interesting moves, I hope Larish is ready to hit in the big leagues this time around.

5 years 10 days ago

jeez, the injuries are starting to really add up.
Zumaya
Inge
Ordonez
Guillen
am I missing anyone? It’s hard to win a championship without those core players. Especially Zumaya and Ordonez..
Regards,
Brian

lug
5 years 10 days ago

Man the AL Central is losing a player a day.

verlander
5 years 10 days ago

Right now, I have:

Minnesota – Morneau and Hudson
White Sox – Peavy
Tigers – Zumaya, Inge, Ordoñez and GuillĂ©n.
Royals – DeJesus
Indians – Sizemore

Am I missing anyone?

lug
5 years 10 days ago

this week…..can i have your autograph?

verlander
5 years 9 days ago

Just send me $25 and a SASE.

(Just kidding.)

Abraham Zapruder
5 years 10 days ago

yes, 2011 money.

bobbybaseball
5 years 10 days ago

Why is $11M considered a lot for a player who is hitting like Ordonez? I doubt you will get him cheaper than that on the open market, unless his injury plays into it.

bjsguess
5 years 10 days ago

If someone pays Maggs $11m next year they should be shot.