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Ordonez to buy stake in Venezuelan Winter League team

Feb 12, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

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Veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez is waiting by the phone, hoping a team will call and allow him to continue his major league playing career. But if nobody makes an offer, he has a backup plan.

According to Robert Downs of the Detroit Free Press, Ordonez is “poised to purchase shares” in the Caribes de Anzoátegui, a top winter league organization in the 38-year-old’s native Venezuela.

But Ordonez must wait until he officially files retirement paperwork before taking an active role in the club. Via the Free Press:

“Being the active player I am, I can’t assume any type of position in the Venezuelan league, not as an owner and not as a manager,” Ordoñez said in a recent interview. “But in the future I think so.”

Caribes owner Rafael Gruszka has offered Ordoñez shares of the club, but when he will retire remains to be seen.

Ordonez batted .255/.303/.331 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 92 games last season for Detroit.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    a top winter league organization in the 38-year-old’s native Venezuela.

    Define “top”; they only won their first championship last year and were the Pirates of the league for the previous 10 or 12, always running out of gas by mid-season when the rest of the team’s MLB and AAA players reported in November and smacked the Caribes back into the basement.

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