Magglio holds private workout for Tigers

UPDATED at 8:15 pm: The Tigers watched Magglio Ordonez move around on his surgically repaired right ankle in a private workout Wednesday morning. What it means for the market on the free-agent outfielder remains to be seen.

Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed the Tigers were represented, a statement agent Scott Boras made earlier in the day. No other club was represented or invited, though neither the Tigers nor Boras confirmed that.

“We had a workout today with Magglio where he got a chance to illustrate where he got a chance to illustrate just where his baseball abilities were at,” Boras said. “That took place this morning. Teams got to see that. I really don’t know [how many teams] because I haven’t gotten the report. I know that Detroit was there for sure.”

The workout took place in central Florida, close to the site of baseball’s Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort. Dombrowski wouldn’t offer an assessment or any other details.

Boras spoke with reporters in the hallways of the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, where baseball’s Winter Meetings are taking place this week. He spoke about a number of players, including the just-signed Carlos Pena, but his remarks on Ordonez became a popular topic.

The workout for Ordonez was meant to demonstrate the health of his surgically repaired ankle, which Boras has said in recent weeks is fully healed and has allowed him to adopt a normal workout regimen. It would make sense that the Tigers would want to check out his health, especially with Ordonez and Boras looking for a two-year contract.

One reason the Tigers were so cautious about Ordonez’s recovery back in August was the nature of the broken ankle. It was a vertical fracture up and down the ankle, rather than across. Putting weight on the ankle too soon could hamper the recovery, team medical officials said back then.

Dombrowski’s confirmation was the first statement he has made on Ordonez in at least two weeks. The Tigers had gone into silence about their interest in Ordonez, his health, and contract negotiations, citing new baseball rules limiting their comments about free agents. However, they’re known to be interested.

Ordonez is seeking at least a two-year deal, according to a source. Boras wouldn’t confirm that Wednesday, preferring to let the market decide, but he indicated the market on Ordonez has grown in recent days since Jayson Werth’s seven-year deal with the Nationals.

“Magglio is a guy that has gotten a lot of interest from a lot of teams now that Jayson has signed,” said Boras. “He’s a middle of the [order] guy. He’s had a great batting average, been a productive guy, he’s a veteran player and he’s a winner. There are a lot of things about Magglio Ordonez where he fits a broad base of teams. Once Jayson signed, a lot of the teams interested in Jayson are now interested in Magglio.”

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I think they do the 2/20 deal for him unless they can swing a trade for Willingham. The 2/20 is essentially the $15mil 2011 option that would have vested had he not gotten hurt, plus another year for $5mil. I’d take that over a long-term deal at bigger average salary for Crawford any day. .
Maggs hits .300 with an over .800 OPS every year, even when his HR numbers are down. The Latin culture on the team suits him and I bet V-Mart expected him to re-sign with Detroit as well. The price went up, but it is all relative and he is the best option left on the FA market in terms of length of commitment/dollars.

For discussion’s sake, one rumor has him at two years for $10 mil per. I might go for that but I’d like some protection for that second year. Perhaps another vesting option, since the Tigers demonstrated good faith on that issue in 2009, despite some rather loud comments from Boras.
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Of course, you folks who are demanding Crawford don’t want to hear this, do you? :-)
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–Rich

The Tigers will sign him if they really want him. They’ll do what it takes, imo.

The market for Magglio are the Tigers and no one else. Boras is working DD to get an unreasonable Werth like contract. Carlos Pea low avg, low onbase with power and healthy ,commands 10 m. So thats the ceiling for Magglio
Crawford , 200 m is his base.

With Crawford off the table and in Boston, Tigers are more likely to get Maggs back. Especially in light of the apparently private workout. Maggs/Miggy/Martinez is a pretty decent 3-4-5 as far as AVG and OPS go. Maybe a little light on power, but Peralta would have a great shot at 80 RBIs or more batting behind them…

Assuming Maggs does return for around 2 & $20m, it will show that good guys being Maggs and DD can have a win/win deal. The private showing shows real class by Maggs obviously wanting to return and trusting DD that he will be fairly treated.
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Regarding the twitter comments on Oxspring, Chris is currently pitching for the Sydney BlueSox in the just reestablished Australian Baseball League (with MLB help). A .3-0, 79 ERA. .179 avg from 5 starts and 34IP is not too shabby regardless of the talent. He also doubles as the pitching coach and I think sells ice creams between innings.
Interestingly, Brad Thomas was originally on the same team roster but must have been tapped on the shoulder by the Tigs for 2011.

Sorrx fob tha typx but shuld hav red .79 ERA.

PLEASE BRING BACK MAGGLIO!!!
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More crazy money going out the door for Crawford. It is all just so overwhelming the amount of money these baseball players are making.

I heard a couple weeks a go that Ryan Braun from the brewers was available for the right price. Brewers need pitching. Here is an idea, a Dombrowski type trade sending Turner and other prospects, maybe including guillen and Zumaya? Just saying…

It seems as though the payroll this year is definitely being cut. We are still, according to my calculations, from Cot’s contracts under $100 million. Even if we add Maggs for 10 to 12 million, we’ll be under 120 million.

A trade is very possible, likely even. I like Ryan Braun a lot but he’d be pretty expensive, and we can name names all winter, which can be fun if nothing else. You just don’t know what DD is going to come up with. Last winter, how many Tiger fans had even heard of Max Scherzer, Austin Jackson, and Daniel Schlereth? Now all three of them are key players for 2011.
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I’ll throw out the name Zack Greinke. Now that’s a rotation! The kind of rotation that not only shuts down the opposition but sends them out of town in hitting slumps so they lose several more games.
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–Rich

With Crawford out of the marker. Magglios value is up.
Not a single Tiger picked on Rule 5. So take that in account when speaking about prospects doing the job of washed up veterans. Tigers has almost no prospects. KC was decimated

I really thought the Tigers would go after a LH starting pitcher. Maybe De La Rosa, Bedard, or someone like that. They are both signed now but maybe there could be a trade. I also thought they might trade for a LH hitting outfielder like David Murphy of Texas but with Crawford out of the picture I doubt the Rangers would give up Murphy now. I know these are not blockbuster deals but they could be moves that would strengthen the team. It appears now that if they get Maggs back, there may not be any more moves. Left field will be handled by a combo of Guillen, Raburn, and Wells. Second base by a combo of Guillen, Sizemore, and Rhymes. Starting pitching after JV, Max, Rick, Coke, and Galarraga will depend upon someone from Toledo if another is needed. Does anyone realistically believe that another signing or trade will change this scenario?

I’m hoping Raburn (Rug) plays LF on a regular basis. I have confidence in him especially if he’s an everyday player and works on his defense.
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We don’t know when Carlos will be ready to play and if he’s our 2nd baseman, then we have to live with it. If healthy, he’s still a terrific hitter and a switch-hittter as well. We have the makings of a good team, but only if our pitching holds up.

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