Cabrera: Magglio wants to return to Tigers

Magglio Ordonez has pulled a vanishing act from Comerica Park since his season-ending ankle surgery a month ago, but he’s kept in touch through teammates such as Miguel Cabrera. And Cabrera told reporters Wednesday his good friend and veteran hitter wants to be back next season, even if he ends up a free agent this winter.
“I’ve talked to him,” Cabrera said. “He said he feels better. He wants so bad to play, but his injury, he feels bad. He wants to come back next year here. He wants to stay here.”
Whether the Tigers front office feels the same remains to be seen, and it represents one of the biggest decisions they have to make this offseason. It became their choice when Ordonez fractured his right ankle on a slide at the plate July 24. The resulting time missed ensured he wouldn’t end the season with enough plate appearances to vest the final year of his contract.
Thus, his $15 million option for 2011 became a team option that they must either pick up or decline in the days after the World Series ends. If they decline it, Ordonez becomes a free agent, able to sign with any team, including re-signing with the Tigers, for whatever salary he and agent Scott Boras can negotiate with a club.
“And I want him to be back,” Cabrera added. “Excellent hitter, great player, great teammate.”
After six seasons in Detroit, Ordonez has almost as much time here as he did with the White Sox, where he spent the first seven years of his career. His signing with the Tigers in January 2005 was a huge deal for a team still on the rebound from years of futility, and his walkoff home run in Game 4 of the 2006 ALCS stands as one of the biggest homers in franchise history.
Ordonez and his family have also become personally involved with the city. They established a scholarship fund for deserving students in Detroit’s primarily Hispanic southwestern neighborhoods, and Magglio made a donation to help refurbish a baseball field in the city.
At age 37, moving the family for a summer might not be the most appealing option. 
“It would be good if he’s back next year,” Cabrera said. “They love him here. The city loves him here. They love Magglio. He’s got to grow the hair again.”

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I’m pretty sure that opposing hitters would rather face Verlander than Scherzer at this point in time. Another dominating performance.
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I’m not big on individual stats, but I sure would like to see Jackson get 100 runs scored, and he has one to go. That would be outstanding for a rookie season.
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I’ve always thought that Magglio held his own in RF, right up until the time of his injury. With the broken ankle at his age, however, that probably won’t be the case any longer. I’d like him back as a DH, because I think he can still produce. That’s one less hitter we’d have to go after. Dunn will probably stay with Washington, and the Nats are retaining Riggleman as manager. I don’t know the situations with Vlad and Thome.
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–Rich

Top of 7 now===this is the turning point.
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Oh no–another stupid error by a pitcher!

One of my personal fears for next year is that we have so many rookies and 2nd year guys that DD will feel they need a veteran ‘presence” on the club and bring Damon back.

I’d love to see Magglio in the lineup again. We do get attached to our players, don’t we? They’ll do what they think is best. For as many people who complained about Maggs in RF, I’d be thrilled to see him back out there again, at least part-time, compared to who we have.

What a phenomenal job by Max Effort.

Not me. In my book–Maggs is a DH—he can’t cover the ground that BB or Casper can. I would’n mind him back but not at the ewxpens of getting an impact player like Thome or Vlad–just look what they did this year.

I’ll say it again because almost every time he throws when it is big time–he comes up short. Coke is overrated.
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Too bad we lost the shutout.
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Boesch came through–big hit.
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I think we will start to see more of
Sizemore the rest of the way.
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I’ll say it again because almost every time he throws when it is big time–he comes up short. Coke is overrated.
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Too bad we lost the shutout.
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Boesch came through–big hit.
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I think we will start to see more of
Sizemore the rest of the way.
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My entry above should have been the eighth one listed. Instead, it’s listed FIRST. This blog is nuts.
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–Rich

I’d like to see Magglio back again too Pup. He has been one of my favorites. Very steady presence in the lineup. Would he be interested in DH’ing almost exclusively? Because CW plays an awfully good RF. Plus Casper has thus far proven be a hitter as well. Thome and Guerrero are two interesting possibilities Dan. Thome has always hurt the Tigers so I’m having a hard time picturing him in a Tiger uni. All prejudice aside, he has been an impact player on some very good teams, including Phili, and practically every team in the AL Central except Detroit and Kansas City. He is a proven winner. He is 40 however. Vlad has been a proven winner too, and to me would be more fun to watch. He’s 35. Would Maggs play for less than 15 mil?
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I think you got it about right Rich. Tigers need at least 3 new arms in the BP. They could use one good bopper to support MC. But I still like Magglio and his potential 20 HR. Add 20 more from JhP, 25 from RR, and the potential offensive production from Casper and Brennan and that might be enough. I like JD as a possitive influence but not so sure he fits into the scheme for next year. He just didn’t come through this year when they needed him after Maggs’ injury. Plus I’d take Magglio as a DH over him.
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Avlila should improve offensively so I don’t see catching being a priority at all. It comes down to pitching as it always does. Tigers should spend their money on quality BP arms.
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I missed tonight’s game. Tigers are inching towards the 83 win mark. Need to go 6-4 to accomplish that. Then Rich wins the grand prize of……………drum roll………….a correct educated/lucky guess:-)

Does anyone remember a minor league player getting himself locked in the bathroom that adjoined the dugout at Space Coast Stadium two spring trainings ago? You do? Does anyone remember that it was Brennan Boesch? I’d forgotten that. I find that very funny for some reason.
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On another humorous vein, think of the large number of rookies that will, in a few days, have to dress up as ballerinas, french maids, etc. I hope someone has gotten started on the costumes because there will be a bunch of them. I think Granderson used to run that, and he was always so organized. Hopefully for the guys, they will take a bus to Cleveland.
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Previous notables have been Jeff Larish for looking like he wished he was dead, and Freddy Dolsi for enjoying his french maid outfit a leeeetle bit too much.
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–Rich

Yes! I do remember but not that it was BB.
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Everytime they interview Max, I just stare at his eyes. Fascinating. What a guy. What a pitcher! We got ourselves a good one.

I don’t blame Miggy for wanting Mags back to protect him. I think he’s earned a spot as the full time DH. Then put Raburn in left and Wells/Boesch in right. When you’re franchise player makes a statement, management has to at least consider it. Guillen and Damon are probably out.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

You’ve clearly summed up my thoughts as well Mike. And it only took you four sentences. I think Raburn has settled down and looks more comfortable in the OF. He just needed some time out there. He has the arm that’s for sure.
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This year was not wasted at all in terms of on the job player evaluation. The organization hasn’t had this kind of opportunity since at least the 2006 season. They didn’t have a choice really, considering the injuries and setbacks. I think this season will prove to be a success moving forward into next year. I’m not saying all the pieces are in place by any means.

We just now have to get someone to post the pictures of the guys doing that. The last time I saw that picture it was because Grandy had it on his blog site.

How funny that was BB – I remember that story now that you mention it.

I’ll take Maggs back anyday, he proved a lot of people wrong this year by his range in the outfield, however with this last injury I agree he needs to be just a dh from now on, I bet he still has pop in that bat and Miguel needs a veteran to protect him.

I am bumming big time about the latest news on Guillen – I can’t help but be an emotional fan about him. I have a hard time letting go and I’ll still consider him back for next season up until I hear otherwise. Call me sentimental, shoot, I still miss Jones…

I think most would agree that it would be a shame if the last time we saw Ordonez in a Detroit uniform, he was limping away from homeplate with a broken ankle. Seeing him come back as a solid DH would be very gratifying. Realistically, however, he did have something wrong with that same ankle before the fracture, and management will have to try and project if he’s able to do it. It’s not like they can wait until spring training to see how he’s feeling. This is a tough and complicated decision. Maggs has quietly been a fan favorite and here’s hoping this works out well.
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I’d be very surprised if they brought Damon back. Johnny just doesn’t make a very good DH, to be honest about it. Guillen is an entirely different case. He is under contract for $13 mil and we shouldn’t just eat that. He’s capable of being a supersub of sorts, is a smart hitter, and a quiet team leader. If he gets injured, which is very possible, we’ve seen that we have some replacements. There’s nothing wrong with some of our current rookies spending more time in the minors next year, although some of them are getting kind of old for that.
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Obviously trades change everything, and I can only guess what DD has in mind on that front. At the least, we’d want to add a bat and shore up the bullpen.
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I agree Rich it would be a shame if the last time we saw Magglio was limping off a field. (I was at that game and it was not good).
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I have been out of town so I haven’t seen a game since Monday night. Tonight is the last game we have tickets for so it is kinda sad. I don’t know what kind of game it is going to be here tonight I feel like I am going to blow away, the wind is horrible- a tough night for a flyball and a flyball pitcher.
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GK

Oh my–Raburn called out whe he was safe but the bigger question is why on earth was Sizemore not getting to 3rd?

Lest we not forget:
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DD appointe Sizemmore at 2B with no experience and a broken anke.
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He le t Polanco go:
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He though Everett was a MLB shortstop.
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Better leave the middle infield decisions to somebody else.

Don’t be a dork—let Max St. Pierre into the ballgame.
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BTW, does anybody see a problem with Jhonny Peralta?
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I don’t.

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since he leaves detroit when dooooooowwwnnnnnn!! :S detroit needs Magglio and magglio needs detroit!!

Wow, our expectations from the shortstop position have gone way down since Guillen last played there in 2007. I ran Peralta’s numbers with Detroit and, over a 162 game season, they come eerily close to Brandon Inge in his good years. I’m not sure what to make of this.
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I’m waiting for Sizemore’s defense to improve. Hasn’t happened yet.
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Wells put a charge into that one. And the real time closeup replay of Cabrera’s swing on his homer was amazing. Now we all get free curly fries. Why punish us with that? It was probably the curly fries that took down Liriano and Casilla.
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GK, looks like you had a real good night to close out your season. 80 breezy degrees and a 10-1 win over the Twins. Good deal.
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Is anyone ready for that Comcast battle scene commercial (TV and dish shields) to go away forever? I mean, it’s a clever commercial but 6 to 8 times per night is somewhat excessive. Or is it 12 times per night? 20? Everytime I receive a Comcast mailing I look at it and, in that guy’s voice, say “it’s Comcast.”
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–Rich

Yes, GK, tell us about your experience. I found myself smiling from the 4th inning on and humming “Don’t worry, be happy”. I didn’t see Peralta’s error. Did he bobble it or what. I would prefer him at third, but we don’t know what’s going to happen there. He seems like a real quiet kind of guy and a team player. They might pick up his option for a year to see if maybe we’ve got a home-grown solution ready yet.

Couple thoughts – Polanco wanted to go. He also wanted, and got, a 4 year deal. Phillies were smart to move him to 3B, the Tigers were not going to do that with Inge. This year it looks bad… but in 2013 would you want a 40 year old 2B making that much money? Polanco is one of my favorites, plays the game right, but wanted to get paid and you may remember we had lots of big contracts on the books this past winter.

Peralta, I think has looked good. Still don’t trust him. The last couple years in Cleveland he looked disinterested in baseball. A short term deal yes, a $9M I would say no.

Maggs I would love to see back. But if he is not interested in DHing or signs elsewhere, prehaps we should offer David Ortiz a contract. Obviously a DH and he would protect Miggy much more than Damon did.

I hope Casper Wells keeps developing. I like him.

We need Magglio in the line-up! He was having one of his best seasons when he got hurt. Keep Magglio!!

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