With the market for free agent Magglio Ordonez growing, the outfielder worked out for several teams today to show that his broken ankle has healed. The Tigers, as you might expect, were among those teams.
(Fanhouse’s Ed Price reported at one point today that the workout was only for the Tigers, but that seems to have been disproven by other reports.)
Meanwhile, agent Scott Boras met with media at the Winter Meetings to discuss the “pretty impressive” market for Ordonez (along with the new contract former Tiger Carlos Pena signed with the Chicago Cubs) that has developed, especially since Jayson Werth signed with the Nationals on Sunday.
“Magglio is a guy that has gotten a lot of interest from a lot of teams, now that Jayson has signed,” Boras told reporters today. “He’s a middle-of-the-order guy. Great batting average. Productive guy. A veteran player. A winner.
According to Jon Paul Morosi, major league sources have told him that Ordonez is seeking at least a two-year deal worth $20 million. Boras also said that Ordonez prefers to play for a winning team that will offer regular playing time in right or left field.
In the meantime, the Tigers may now be looking at potential alternatives for Ordonez. Morosi also reported that Detroit is among four teams looking at outfielder Ryan Ludwick.
The right-handed Ludwick split time between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres last season, batting a combined .251/.325/.418 with 17 home runs and 69 RBIs. In 2008, Ludwick had an All-Star season with 37 homers and 113 RBIs. He was also in the Tigers organization before, playing 134 games in 2006 with Triple-A Toledo.