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With Ordo?ez set to sign with Tigers, it looks as if Cameron will begin spring training in rightfield

 

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BY KEN DAVIDOFF AND JON HEYMAN

STAFF WRITERS

 

February 5, 2005

 

Magglio Ordo?ez was completing an agreement to join the Detroit Tigers on Friday, which means the Mets will likely enter spring training with Mike Cameron as their starting rightfielder.

 

Ordo?ez, a three-time All-Star and the last big-name free agent of this baseball offseason, is on the verge of joining the Tigers for a deal estimated to be for five years and $75 million, Newsday has learned. Similar to the contract to which the Tigers signed catcher Ivan Rodriguez last offseason, it is voidable if Ordo?ez misses a number of games with the meniscus tear in his left knee that torpedoed his 2004 season.

 

Ordo?ez played in just 52 games last year, undergoing a pair of surgeries - the latter in Austria - to repair his knee. Earlier this week, Ordo?ez worked out in California for Tigers officials, and he apparently allayed the concerns of team officials about his health.

 

The Mets examined Ordo?ez's medical records in detail but never watched him in person. They were unwilling to match the Tigers in terms of the length of the deal.

 

Another complicating factor for the Mets is that they already possess three starting-caliber outfielders. They have been unable to find a deal to their liking for either Cliff Floyd or Cameron, who's expressed his unhappiness about moving from centerfield to rightfield to make room for big free-agent acquisition Carlos Beltran. But now, with no other run-producing outfielders available via free agency, the Mets probably would trade Cameron only if they received an experienced outfielder in return.

 

 

The Tigers really over payed him, but this move really helps ensure that the Marlins will be better on paper in the east, I wouldn't have been to thrilled if he signed with the Mets.

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The Tigers also overpayed for Pudge last season, but it worked out pretty well for them.

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Well in respect to the Tigers they are slowly putting together a decent team, and it sucks for them but they have to Overpay to get players they want... or else who would join them? But if I were them I just wouldn't have dealt with Scott Boras, besides that team doesn't need to aquire big expensive power hitters, they play in Comamerica.no baseball fly out of that place, I think they would have been better off with some pitching or some cheaper quality players... kind of like what the Brewers added in the trade for Sexson last year, that made them competitive rather quickly.... until they kinda died.

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Thank god the Tigers are idiots...

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They overpayed for Pudge to didnt they... :confused

 

Also, there is a huge difference between the reported money and what he will actually get.

 

You have to remember, The Tigers are able to throw this money out there as they had a tremendous ammount of money to throw around this off-season but stuck out on their deals.

 

They have alot of money coming off the books next year including like 11 million from Bobby Higginson.

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Thank god the Tigers are idiots...

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They overpayed for Pudge to didnt they... :confused

 

Also, there is a huge difference between the reported money and what he will actually get.

 

You have to remember, The Tigers are able to throw this money out there as they had a tremendous ammount of money to throw around this off-season but stuck out on their deals.

 

They have alot of money coming off the books next year including like 11 million from Bobby Higginson.

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In retrospect Pudge was obviously worth it, but at that time he clearly wasn't, nothing hinted at the fact that he would have had the kind of season he did last year.

 

But anyway, they're throwing money around which is good but why couldn't they have made a better charge Beltran? I assume they want Ordonez healthy, and 15 million a season for a guy that isn't 100 percent and has a career OPS less than 900 is a big gamble...but maybe they'll get lucky again we'll just have to see.

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