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The Athletics are interested in Magglio Ordonez

Feb 4, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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We already know that the Athletics have some interest in Manny Ramirez, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network is hearing that they are also evaluating Magglio Ordonez for a possible tryout during spring training.

Ordonez, who turned 38 in January, returned from right ankle surgery last season and batted just .255/.303/.331 with five home runs, 32 RBI and a career-low .634 OPS over 92 games. He was removed from the Tigers’ ALCS roster in October after re-breaking his ankle and required a second surgery in November. Jon Paul Morosi of reported last month that Ordonez has made “consistent progress” in his rehabilitation and intends to play this season.

While Ordonez can’t be counted on to play the outfield anymore, that’s not really a big deal for the A’s since they already have a host of palatable options out there. He’s clearly a big risk following surgery, but one advantage he’d offer to Oakland is that he could be ready to play at the start of the season while Ramirez would still have to serve his 50-game PED suspension.

  1. crisisjunky - Feb 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    This is just a case of Magglio being Manny…..
    (for like a month or so, until Manny can continue being Manny)

  2. dondada10 - Feb 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    I could see the A’s signing both to minor-league deals. 50 games in, if Maggs isn’t producing, give Manny his roster spot.

    • ptfu - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      This is all part of a new Moneyball type strategy of going for quantity in hopes of finding quality. Sign a lot of old guys cheaply who used to be good. Maybe you can wring some production out of one. Yeah, you’ll end up with a lot of failures but so what? Cut ’em and move on. If it works, you get some production for cheap. Plus you get veteran leadership (obviously doesn’t apply to Manny) for the kids on your roster.

      Keep turning that roster over, Billy, and work your magic.

  3. alexo0 - Feb 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Former above average hitters who are past their primes and no other teams are interested in are the new market inefficiency.

  4. ricofoy - Feb 4, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Who is this imposter making these decisions for the A’s? Did the real Billy Beane get abducted by aliens?

    • JBerardi - Feb 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      The best GM in the world won’t make a bit of difference when ownership orders him to pair payroll back to whatever loose change they can be dug out of the clubhouse couches.

      • ptfu - Feb 5, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        Both of you, go read or watch “Moneyball” again. You’re having the same reactions that the book/movie describes so well.

  5. detroitcityryda - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Maggs can still play ,thanks for all the memories in the tiges jersey especially the walk off at comerica in the alcs . dude was a beast, all hail god though

  6. kgfugitive - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Bean won the lottery with Frank Thomas in ’06. Why not expect lightning to strike twice? It’s not like that penny pinching org has any other option.

  7. APBA Guy - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Completely depressing. Not even the Circus clown aspect to amuse us with.

  8. humanexcrement - Feb 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    The A’s got lucky a few years ago and managed to squeeze one last good season out of Frank Thomas, and since then they’ve tried and failed with a succession of creaky-boned former sluggers. When will they learn? What is the maximum they could possibly get out of a guy like Ordonez, and what maximum effect could it possibly have on the standings? Might as well roll your money up and smoke it, Billy.

  9. cmrb1952 - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    well, I think Maggs will something amazing this year. He has been determned to recver and come back to baseball. 38 is not that old, people. He had a bad year that wasn’t even that bad if his anklevwas healed rght. He seems to be doing a lot better with hs recovery this time.
    He had a LOT of great years.
    He could be very dangerous!!

    GO MAGGS!!!

  10. cmrb1952 - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Maggs will do something amazing this year.

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