Athletics Evaluating Magglio Ordonez

In addition to Manny Ramirez, the A's are also evaluating Magglio Ordonez for a spring tryout, according to Peter Gammons of MLB.com (via Twitter).  The slugger is recovering from surgery after re-fracturing his right ankle during the ALCS in 2011.

Roughly two weeks ago, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reported that Ordonez could be medically cleared by this point which would in turn spark interest in him.  Ordonez, who turned 38 last Saturday, hit just .255/.303/.331 in 92 games with the Tigers last season.


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41 Comments on "Athletics Evaluating Magglio Ordonez"


Ben Roth
3 years 6 months ago

Thats not the real Magglio. The real Magglio has hair.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

ugh…as long as it’s JUST a spring tryout, and he doesn’t actually make any of the teams, then that’s fine

Joseph Jonathan Herrera
3 years 6 months ago

Can’t hurt to take a flyer on him, if he will accept a minor league deal with an invite.  Otherwise why bother?  The injury problems and the drop-off last season likely means he’s on the decline.

OaklandFan22
3 years 6 months ago

omg, we are fine with what we have A’s!

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

not quite, one more stop gap starting pitcher would be very nice, or one more bullpen piece, but we just don’t need any more position players!

stl_cards16
3 years 6 months ago

Sounds like too good of a fit for Kyle McClellan.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

exactly what i had said before, give you guys something like brandon allen and another low level low tier minor league arm

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

exactly what i had said before, give you guys something like brandon allen and another low level low tier minor league arm

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

Unlike Manny, Maggs can actually mentor some of the players.

melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

they’d be blocking the guys they’d be “mentoring.”

Iconoclast17
3 years 6 months ago

Who are they blocking? Choice isn’t going to play in Oakland this year. And, please don’t say Carter or Allen. If they were in the A’s plans Beane wouldn’t be scouring the country for real hitters past their prime like Ordonez and Ramirez.

alan104
3 years 6 months ago

Go ahead and sign Damon already!

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

i was hoping he would sign with Rays and win world series. He has done it with Boston and Yankees I believe.

3 years 6 months ago

Please no. Just no.

cowman12
3 years 6 months ago

I guess Juan Gonzalez is not available.

Kirk Edward Gerwin
3 years 6 months ago

Wish Maggs the best where ever he goes.  A real class act and solid ball player when healthy.  From Detroit fans everywhere I believe I speak for all of us when I say Thank you for the memories.

melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

This is really, really getting old. The A’s are going to gain nothing this season from an outfield bat unless his name is Soler. 

There’s obviously money to spend— go raid whatever’s left of the SP/RP market for trade deadline fodder. 

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

couldn’t agree more, and not just soler, but more 16/17/18 year olds like yairo munoz, really invest in IFA’s altogether

Vote4DougWilson
3 years 6 months ago

Love Maggs for his contributions to the Tigers, but at what point in his career was he ever considered a slugger?

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

1999-2008.

Vote4DougWilson
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think I ever realized he hit 30+ for a few seasons… I was shocked when he hit 28 for the Tigers. Weird to think he was putting up practically Cabby-type numbers back for the White Sox.

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

Let’s put it this way, if he came up and played with the Yankees for his whole career, he would be in the HOF or not debate.

LeylandsLung
3 years 6 months ago

when he was juicing

joeybw
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think he’s a starter anymore but I think he fits the Rays bench. Can spell Scott at DH or Scott can play 1B and Pena can sit against a tough leftie.

joeybw
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think he’s a starter anymore but I think he fits the Rays bench. Can spell Scott at DH or Scott can play 1B and Pena can sit against a tough leftie.

optionn
3 years 6 months ago

For as average a player as Mags was-  Boras made that guy a ton of money.

MetsMagic
3 years 6 months ago

C’mon, he was a pretty awesome hitter in his prime, not like he was Carlos Lee or anything. 

Vote4DougWilson
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think any player that had 4-5 straight seasons of .300/30/100 can be considered average.

rainyperez
3 years 6 months ago

A’s will be evaluating Prince Fielder, Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Howard with hopes that in 10 years they will accept a Spring Training invite.

FunkyTime
3 years 6 months ago

Won’t ARod still be making $30 mil a year with the Yankees then?

3 years 6 months ago

rather have him then manny

FunkyTime
3 years 6 months ago

Sorry, but calling Magglio a “slugger” at this stage of his career is a misnomer.

Iconoclast17
3 years 6 months ago

Well, I like the idea of Maggs better than Manny. Damon would be fine, too. Keep developing real players like Choice who have a future in the minors.

Trade Allen for anything. Cut Carter and let Barton (ugggg) and Kila fight it out at 1B. That loos like the plan. Looks like Michael Taylor is destined for AAA, along with the loser of “epic” Barton/Kila contest.

3 years 6 months ago

maybe Beane can bring back Matt Stairs :)

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

Wait. What?

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

What a naive statement. He doens’t look 50. And there has not been a single case where a player lied about his age from his country.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

he’s not TERRIBLE at the free agent game, just the free agent position players he does covet don’t wanna play in oakland for the most part, even if he offers to overpay. so he has to go to the scrap heap, for 2nd and 3rd tier guys. 

of course, more pitching signings have been fine (mccarthy, harden, balfour, hopefully this colon signing, russ springer, keith foulke, etc). 

there’s also the problem that he’s been trying to find frank thomas (part 1) since….frank thomas part 1

Iconoclast17
3 years 6 months ago

They aren’t unknown. Carter and Allen are AAAA in the mid-20’s who can’t cut it in the major leagues after two tries.

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

They aren’t starting.

bayareabeast
3 years 6 months ago

speaking of overpriced guys past their prime, wasnt it such a tragedy when zito was on the bench and the giants won that world series..id much rather watch 18 year olds that havnt reached their prime yet.

Iconoclast17
3 years 6 months ago

Get. Over. It. He’s gone.