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Surprise! Scott Boras says there’s a lot of interest in Magglio Ordonez

Nov 5, 2010, 9:29 PM EST

Magglio basepaths

The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and Scott Boras is busy talking up his clients. All is right with the world.

According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Boras said he has already heard some early interest in his client Magglio Ordonez.

“We’ve gotten a lot of early calls,” Boras said. “I think with this marketplace, the right-handed hitters of that ilk, like Magglio, there’s going to be a very strong demand for them.”

The Tigers recently declined Ordonez’s $15 million for 2011, making him a free agent. The option would have almost certainly vested due to number of plate appearances, but Ordonez fractured his right ankle on a slide into home plate on July 24 and underwent season-ending surgery at the end of August.

For what it’s worth, Boras doesn’t expect the surgery to have an impact on his client finding a new team.

“I think a lot is being made of a standard fracture, what a lot of orthopedic surgeons say is a minor fracture,” Boras said. “There’s no issue with flexibility, weight bearing, anything like that. It was really just a very simple fracture. It simply took some time to heal. This was not a complicated event. There really will not be any time frame where teams will wait and see if he has any trouble performing.”

Ordonez, who turns 37 in January, batted .303/.378/.474 with 12 home runs, 59 RBI and an 852 OPS in 365 plate appearances this past season.

He has never had the reputation as a defensive whiz to begin with, so the number of National League teams willing to give him a full-time job in right field will probably a bit limited. That being said, Ordonez is still one of the best lefty-killers around, so he makes plenty of sense as a outfielder/DH-type back in the American League, possibly even with the Tigers. Expecting anything more than a one-year deal would probably be pushing it, but this is Scott Boras we are talking about.

  1. pisano - Nov 5, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Boras is so full of crap his eyes must be brown .

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2010 at 7:54 AM

      Why do you say that Boras is full of crap? Don’t you realize that several mystery teams are lined up to bid on Ordonez at the ML minimum?

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2010 at 7:58 AM

        My mystery sources also say that several other mystery teams want to offer Ordonez a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

      • bloodysock - Nov 6, 2010 at 7:06 PM

        The mystery teams must be in Japan.

        Wonder if Boras eats mystery meat too.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 6, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    I myself am very interested in Magglio Ordonez.

    But then, I also traffic in black market transplant organs.

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 6, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Who do you think Boras is going to dedicate more time to getting a contract? Werth, Ordonez or Damon? My guess is Werth. Ordonez and Damon will be lucky if he gives them 5% of his time.

    • bloodysock - Nov 6, 2010 at 7:10 PM

      You can add Varitek to that list too. However, he also represents Beltre and he will command some attention.

  4. pisano - Nov 7, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    One other thing about Mr. Boras , if you held a gun to his head and said to him, the truth or the bullet , he’d take the bullet . The man can’t help himself , he’s pathological.

    • Old Gator - Nov 7, 2010 at 5:01 PM

      That’s fine, there’s no demand for brains on the transplant organ black market anyway. Just don’t damage the kidneys, liver, lungs, heart or corneas. The last time there was a demand for a brain, it was Jeb Bush and Bill Frist desperately searching for something to put inside Terri Schiavo’s head before the tabloids got their hands on the X-rays.

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