Alright, the whole watch thing might be going a little overboard. Apparantly the Tigers made an offer, and Ordonez’s agent, Scott Boras, replied with a counter offer. The story is that the Tigers offered 5 years for $70 million, but Ordonez is looking for a seven year deal, and that’s where things stand.
I agree with Billfer that Ordonez probably wouldn’t hit as many homers once he got to Comeria Park, but he’s got a good eye, and his batting average shouldn’t suffer, and you’d hope some of those lost homers would turn into doubles. Not quite as good, but better then nothing.
So, with the numbers coming out, I’m a little more hesitant. $14 million a year is a pretty high figure, and to throw that much money out there for even five years, much less seven, after a season with a serious injury makes things look pretty dicey.
I’ve read in various spots that the Cubs, Mets, and Orioles are all in the mix, but from what I can tell, it’s the Tigers who have the upper hand and can take it or leave it. How long this would be is hard to say, but one of Boras’ talents is to get the team to basically bid against itself (think A-Rod), so it’s hard to believe all of the rumors floating around out there.
I started reading Faithful. Pretty good read, but the one knock is it’s hard to tell which of the two authors you’re actually reading. It’s written in a two person diary format. I’m not a big Red Sox fan, but I am a big Stephen King fan, so I’m looking forward to a good read.