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Magglio Ordonez not willing to accept a minor league deal

Feb 15, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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It’s February 15 and Magglio Ordonez is without a team. And he’s likely to maintain that unemployed status for a while longer unless his asking price drops significantly within the next week.

According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, Ordonez told a Venezuelan radio station on Wednesday that he is not willing to accept a minor league contract.

Rather, Ordonez wants a guaranteed Opening Day roster spot with guaranteed big-league money.

Ordonez, 38, batted just .252/.303/.331 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 92 regular-season games last season for the Tigers while fighting a fractured ankle. The A’s have expressed interest in him this offseason, but the veteran outfielder confirmed in his radio appearance Wednesday that Oakland is offering “nothing concrete.”

  1. dad4dds - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    guess you don’t want to play very bad.

  2. bigzant82 - Feb 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM


  3. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Alternate headline: Magglio Ordonez not willing to accept the fact that he sucks

    • cmrb1952 - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      Now now…I wouldn’t say that. He has had some troubles but still played better than many other players. He was and still is one of the best players in the past 10 years. He’s 38, not 88.
      where will you be in 10 years??
      A great player never sucks.

  4. micker716 - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    With all of the opportunities available to him in a Hugo Chavez-ruled Venezuela, he can afford to be picky.

  5. kibbee2545 - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    They like him in Detroit,will be missed. Sent Tigers to the Series in 2006

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Magglio Ordenez Unemployed

  7. rooney24 - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    My guess is that his pride/ego doesn’t want to see himself get cut. He likely figures that if he is getting guaranteed money that he won’t get cut, even if he isn’t doing that well. According to baseball-reference, he has made over $133 million in his career. So, it is possible that it is less about money and more about having a guaranteed spot so that he doesn’t get cut and/or spend time in the minors.

  8. Ted - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    “Want” in one hand, and crap in the other; see which one fills up first.

    • cmrb1952 - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      you have no idea what you speak of

  9. maggs30 - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    I think the Tigers should keep Maggs & kick Raburn out of the stadium. Tired of his last half of the season bull crap. he also has a fumble finger problem. We Don’t Need Him!

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