Archive for February, 2005

Screw the Superbowl

There was a period of time when I was really into football, and looked forward to the Superbowl. Now it’s just something that’s on between the World Series and when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. I’m going to watch the game, but without much anticipation. One year, possibly during my lifetime, the Lions will make it, and I’ll be more into it. For now, it’s a distraction from a lack of baseball.

One of the Baseball Prospectus premium columns today basically lambasted the Tigers in advance if they sign Ordonez to a seven year contract. If the Tigers sign a deal that takes Ordonez through year 38, I’m not going to be too happy.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the Superbowl.

Magglio Ordonez Watch Continues

Last Friday, Scott Boras sent the Tigers a counteroffer for Magglio Ordonez. The rumor is that the Tigers offered a five year contract, and that the counteroffer was for seven years.

Since then, the Sosa trade put the Cubs in play for Ordonez, but they’ve since signed Jeremy Burnitz. So as it stands, the Mets are the only other team that’s been rumored to be interested, and that’s only if they can deal disgruntled outfielder Mike Cameron.

I give Dave Dombrowski a ton of credit for not jumping the gun, and I’m really interested to see how this all plays out. I think Ordonez will help the team dramatically, but as always, you don’t want to overpay. I could live with a five year contract if it includes an outclause if Ordonez’s knee acts up, but a seven year deal is a little too much for me to swallow.

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