Ok. Now, I must move on to the other topic of the hour. Magglio Ordóñez is not likely to finish out the season wearing the Old English D. Always a Tiger? Think again. I blame this whole situation on Scott Boras, and you'll soon see why. Michael Rosenberg pens a column today for the Freep, which outlines the impossible nature of Magglio's contract, and the resulting quandary in which the Tigers find themselves. If Magglio reaches either 135 game appearances or 540 at bats, hit option for next year automatically kicks in. That options pays Ordóñez $18 next year. Now, that figure approaches outlandish in the current market. In addition, Ordóñez is 35 this year, and is a below average fielder and baserunner. All of these circumstances conspire to get the rumor mill a-going, and good. Many are predicting Magglio's outright release, so we eat this year's salary, but are off the hook for next year, other than a $3 million buyout. I ask you, is it right that his career in Detroit could end in this way? It strikes me as completely ridiculous. How--how in the name of balls and strikes does it come to this? Noone, not even I, could expect Illitch to pay out $30 million to Ordóñez over the next two years, nor will any team touch that contract.
I don't blame the club, because the market at that time was different, and Detroit had to overpay a little to get some talent to come here after the likes of the 2003 season. I don't blame Ordóñez, because he had just been burned by Chicago, and felt he had to just go out and get what he could.
I DO blame Scott Boras, evil überagent. First, it's convenient to have an outsider on which to lay blame. Second, he pollutes and corrupts all he touches. Third, only Scott Boras, with his grinchy heart, 20 sizes too small, could craft such a contract and be brazen enough to bring it to the table and get it signed. He doesn't care about us Whos down in Whoville, who love the game of baseball, and our ballplayers too. Nope, it's only the jingle of millions in his pocket that motivates and delights such a man.
So, I demonize Boras in attempt to soothe my achy heart. I'm sure a fan's ire has about as much impact on him as a mosquito hitting the grille of an 18-wheeler , but I put it out there just the same.