Plain and simple, this puts the Cubs in play for the rightfielder. Not only do the Cubs potentially free up a ton of payroll (I’m not sure what the specifics of the deal are, and who’s getting what dollar wise), but they have a gaping hole in right.
I’m confident Dave Dombrowski won’t jump too quickly. He’s made some pretty shrewd moves in the past, so panicking and signing Ordonez to a deal he’s not comfortable with is probably out of the question. But at this point, the longer the Tigers wait, the less likely it will be that Ordonez will be a Tiger. For better or worse.