Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
I am likely in the minority here, but I think the Tigers do end up trading Ordonez. It's entirely possible that the Tigers won't even receive fair value for him. Unfortunately, the Tigers have put themselves in a position financially in which they currently have very little freedom to add salary at this point, already having more than $100 million tied up in just ten players. Everyone understands that Ordonez is likely the lone player under contract that still carries trade value - so even if it means taking a loss talent-wise, if the Tigers can shed Ordonez's contract and fill a hole at catcher, shortstop or in the bullpen, I think the Tigers would be better off to pull the trigger, filling a hole, and freeing up some money to make some upgrades elsewhere. Losing Ordonez will be a blow to the team, but unfortunately, the Tigers have limited options, and it's hard to see them competing in 2009 with the status quo team that was a colossal disappointment in 2008.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
Unless the Tigers stumble upon an opportunity to pillage a desparate team, I don't see them flipping Ordonez. With what he is still owed on his contract, they would be hard pressed to get substantive value in return, without taking on a significant portion of what he is owed over the next few years. The Tigers also still vie themselves as a potential contending team, and dealing one of your teams bigger offensive threats, would go against a belief that they are just tweaks away from a run at the Central Division crown. Ordonez isn't an elite player, but because of the value he carries to this team's offense at this time, the Tigers should command an elite return for him; making it highly unlikely he is traded this off-season.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I don't think the Tigers will deal Magglio Ordonez just from the standpoint that they likely won't get a substantial return for him. Ordonez still has three years (he's a cinch to have his option years vest unless something catastrophic happens on the injury front) and roughly $50 million left on his deal, and I don't think clubs would be willing to take on that kind of contract right now. Ordonez also has a limited no-trade clause, so he has some control over where he goes. The only way I could see him dealt is if a team that is in dire need of a bat misses out on free-agent outfielders like Manny Ramirez, Adam Dunn, or Pat Burrell turns to the Tigers with an offer they can't refuse, but I don't expect that to happen.
Ian Casselberry, Blogger/Publisher, Bless You Boys
The circumstances seem to be ideal for trading The Big Tilde. The Tigers could stand to shed some payroll to free up some money that could bolster other positions of need, which is really the only reason such a deal should be made. Although shaking up the clubhouse might not be a bad idea, either. Several teams have a need for a corner outfielder, middle-of-the-order bat, as well. And with Matt Holliday having already been traded, and Manny Ramirez looking for another big pile of money, Ordonez might represent the next best option for a team like the Phillies, Mets, Cubs, Rays, or Angels. Having said all that, I don't believe any shortstops or pitchers acquired through trading Ordonez would be any better than what's available in free agency. And the lineup would be much weaker in his absence. So if the Tigers can't make themselves a better team, why make such a deal. Ultimately, that's why it won't happen.
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