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Red Sox target Magglio Ordonez in search of right-handed bat

Dec 7, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

Detroit Tigers Ordonez heads for the dug-out after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning of their MLB baseball game in Detroit Reuters

After trading for Adrian Gonzalez the Red Sox’s lineup is heavily left-handed and Sean McAdam of reports that they may try to balance things a bit by signing Magglio Ordonez.

Ordonez is 37 years old and missed half the season with an ankle injury, but he hit .303 with an .852 OPS when healthy and has always destroyed left-handed pitching. He’s a career .325 hitter with a .954 OPS versus southpaws, including .347 with a .956 OPS off them during the past three seasons.

Early in the offseason the Red Sox were viewed as a possible destination for Jayson Werth before he signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals. Ordonez is six years older, far less durable, and much worse defensively than Werth, but offers comparable production offensively at a fraction of the price.

In the past three years Werth has hit .279 with an .889 OPS, while Ordonez has hit .311 with an .843 OPS.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 7, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    This move makes a ton of sense, assuming they’re out on Crawford. Magglio can spell Papi a bit at DH and his defensive shortcomings should be muted by playing up against the Monster.

    It seems like a good short-term move for a guy who still figures to have something left in the tank and who figures to thrive in that ballpark.

    • JBerardi - Dec 7, 2010 at 1:26 PM

      “Magglio can spell Papi a bit at DH”

      Why? Now, granted, I haven’t watched an Ortiz AB against a lefty in about four years, but he hit lefties pretty well back in ’06, why would things be any different now? Why do you think I refuse to pinch hit for him in critical, late-game situations against lefty specialists? Remember that home run he hit off Mike Myers in like ’05? That was great!

      Signed, Terry Francona.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 7, 2010 at 1:33 PM

        hhahahaha, niiiice

      • spindervish - Dec 7, 2010 at 3:19 PM

        This is too awesome and so completely on point.

  2. heiniemanush - Dec 7, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Dombrowski just seems to be twiddling his thumbs. I can’t believe he’s content with Rayburn, Boesch and Casper Wells as corner outfielders so, as defensively challenged as Magglio is, I hope the Tigers sign him for another year rather than go with those stumble bums. That is, of course, unless DD can find a new way to bamboozle the Marlins.

  3. xpensivewinos - Dec 7, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Like Drew, he’ll be fairly productive when he actually plays.

    Getting a quality catcher would be nice……

  4. Old Gator - Dec 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    I hope that by “targeting” him, you don’t mean with a beanbag gun.

    • JBerardi - Dec 7, 2010 at 1:28 PM

      Is that what Loria uses to beat back the workers these days? Union busting ain’t what it used to be…

  5. bcopus - Dec 7, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    ” far less durable, and much worst defensively than Werth, but offers”

    Sorry, have to point it out. Much worst?

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