Ordonez Optimistic About Returning To Tigers

An ankle injury prevented Magglio Ordonez from earning enough playing time to trigger his 2011 vesting option, and when it became a club option, the team turned it down. However, Ordonez is still hoping he'll be back in Detroit next season. Jason Beck of MLB.com passes on comments the 36-year-old made to Augusto Cardenas of Diario Panorama (Spanish link), suggesting a return to the Tigers could be likely.

"I want to stay in Detroit, obviously," Ordonez said. "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."

Earlier this year, when MLBTR's Mark Polishuk previewed Ordonez's offseason, he opined that an incentive-laden one-year deal with an option may appeal to both the Tigers and the 14-year veteran. As Beck notes, Ordonez could still test the open market, especially if Detroit doesn't offer him arbitration. The Tigers will have plenty of money coming off the books this winter though; if they're as interested in bringing Ordonez back as he is in returning, the two sides should be able to work something out.

26 Responses to Ordonez Optimistic About Returning To Tigers Leave a Reply

  1. j6takish 5 years ago

    Probably one of the more appealing DH options out there, and playing him in the field isn’t an absolute deathwish. Curious to see what he gets

  2. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    I think he’d be good on the Rays.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      couldn’t agree more. I’d like to see the Reds also take a look if Gomes leaves.

      • redsandyanksfan 5 years ago

        I was thinkin about Maggs in left. He’ not much of a power hitter anymore but i would hands down welcome him to this team ,Maggs is a very good contact hitter and put him at 3 in front of Votto. I like it

  3. If he doesn’t return to the Tigers, the Braves will come calling. We’re probably going to end up with a retread in LF like Maggs or Burrell.

  4. Braves should call this guy. They need offense. Chipper brings OBP to the lineup, Maggs is gonna bring more+production. A vintage, quality 20+ HR, 100 RBI, .300+ BA. I don’t think his defense is all that bad either despite his declining range.

    • TheBigNice 5 years ago

      Maggs won’t hit those numbers in Atlanta…don’t forget that he was hitting in front of the most dangerous hitter in the AL in Cabrera. He was getting a TON of good pitches to hit, more than he’ll see without Cabrera’s protection. That’s the main reason I’d like to see him come back to Detroit. He’s almost the perfect hitter for that slot so long as Cabrera is behind him in the lineup.

  5. bonestock94 5 years ago

    I always assumed there would be hard feelings between him and the team. Wasn’t there friction with him getting benched last year to avoid the big payout? Maybe it’s just media BS or my faulty memory.

    • RahZid 5 years ago

      There was some friction, but then he got the playing time and got paid. Funny how money can make issues go away.

    • He was not benched to avoid a big payout. He was platooned for a couple weeks when he had seven RBI over three months. His wife was fighting cancer and his head wasn’t in the game. They started playing him again, against all common sense, and he tore it up in the second half. What you read was Boras running his mouth, in case he wanted to file a grievance, which would have been a complete non starter, but gotten him some fees. Magglio and all the Tigers are in love.

  6. tigers22 5 years ago

    5-7 M to come back and DH next year would be perfect

  7. TapDancingTeddy 5 years ago

    If the Phillies lose Werth, they might want to try Ordonez for a year or two. His slash numbers are still good, and going from a homer preventing park to a homer encouraging one might make his OPS jump 100 points.

    • airohpue13 5 years ago

      Think the Phils are intent on giving Domonic Brown a shot.

  8. bjsguess 5 years ago

    If he really cared about more than just a paycheck he would sign a very team friendly deal. His last contract was not a wise investment.

    • Unfortunately, Boras only cares about money, money, and money, and he’s willing to burn his clients to keep his rep as one that will wait past any deadline. By then, teams may have moved on. Ask Kenny Rogers who fired him, A Rod who worked his own deal when he overplayed his hand in New York, or Damon who wanted to stay but Boras turned down a good two year deal that he won’t get now. Magglio needs to tell his agent get it done.

    • airohpue13 5 years ago

      I think it was. He was the big bat in the lineup when Detroit was brought back to relevance in 2006 then won the batting title in 2007. No one was going to games before 2006. I would say Detroit made way more money off Ordonez than Ordonez made off of Detroit.

    • jb226 5 years ago

      Ehh. He wasn’t worth the contract, but according to FanGraphs’ value (not necessarily the greatest estimate but a good one at attempting to turn things like that into a number) he was worth about $71MM over the time he was paid $84MM, and of course he would have been worth more had he not been injured half of this year when he was putting up a very strong line.

      Being worth 85% of your contract value is hardly something to be ashamed of, nor is it something he should feel obligated to sign for low dollars to make up for. He isn’t going to be worth (nor will he receive) $18MM next year. He probably won’t even get $10MM. But I can see something in the $7-8MM range without too much trouble–or fear of him failing to live up to it.

      Whether that is with the Tigers, of course, will have to be seen. I wouldn’t consider it unwise if they did it though.

  9. j6takish 5 years ago

    10mm seems a bit high,but it’s not out the question that he may get it. Vlad got 5.5 as a pure DH coming off an injury nagged season. Maggs injury was sort of a freak incident. Plus, he can still play the field every day at a level that can be tolerated due to his offense…

  10. I could not possibly care less what he gets paid, as long as DD doesn’t cheap out and he gets the pieces needed to make the Tigers a contender. He has the resources. He needs a 3 hitter, a 5 hitter, a No. 2 or 3 starting pitcher, and two late inning relievers. Magglio can be one of the hitters, but nobody else currently in the organization is qualified. Coke can be a set up guy, but nobody else other than Valverde has any history of late inning success.

    – 3 hitter, 5 hitter, SP, RP, RP Cost is no object, spare no expense, just do it DD!

  11. airohpue13 5 years ago

    Coke is heading to the rotation. Not so sure about that one.

  12. jphenix2002 5 years ago

    I agree completely, dont cheap out on us with raburn when better options are out there. If coke really is stuck in the rotation Crawford or Werth are a must-sign. I’m not sold the recent announcements will hold true until spring training

  13. airohpue13 5 years ago

    I think it’s still possible. He could definitely still approach .330. Just 3 years removed from .363. Probably more like he ends up at about 16 homers and 80 rbis if he can stay healthy a full year in a good lineup. Could top out at the numbers Henry listed.

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