Ordonez signs for 1 year at $10 million
The busy Detroit Tigers have addressed another need.
Magglio Ordoñez has agreed to return to the Tigers on a one-year contract worth $10 million, a major-league source confirmed to FOXSports.com. The deal, first reported by SI.com, includes potential award bonuses.
Ordoñez batted .303 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI in 84 games this year before sustaining a fractured right ankle on a slide into home plate.
Detroit declined Ordonez’s $15 million option in October, but wanted the six-time All-Star back for a seventh season if he appeared to be healthy after breaking his right ankle in July and needing season-ending surgery. The outfielder turns 37 next month.
Agent Scott Boras, who represents Ordoñez, said earlier this offseason that the injury had healed, allowing Ordoñez to resume normal workouts.
Ordoñez likely will serve as Detroit’s primary right fielder, although he should see some time at designated hitter, as well.
Ordonez has hit .312 with 289 homers and 1,204 RBIs over 14 seasons with the Tigers and Chicago White Sox.
His American League-pennant winning homer four years ago lifted Detroit to its first World Series appearance since 1984. He hit a league-best .363 in 2007 and finished second in AL MVP voting.
Last season Ordonez became the sixth Venezuelan to reach the 2,000-hit milestone and joined Omar Vizquel, Luis Aparicio, Andres Galarraga, Dave Concepcion and Bobby Abreu.
The Tigers signed Ordonez to a $75 million, five-year deal in 2005 as part of a complicated contract that could’ve paid him as much as $105 million over seven seasons.
Ordonez would’ve likely made $5 million more guaranteed in 2011 if he stayed healthy last season. He was on pace to start at least 135 games or make 540 plate appearances for his contract to be renewed for $15 million in 2011.
The Tigers were at their best in the middle of the summer, surging to first place in the AL Central on July 10 with a 48-37 record, thanks in part to Ordonez’s bat.
The Tigers started their active offseason by re-signing Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta to stabilize the left side of the lineup. They also signed Victor Martinez to play in the outfield and be a designated hitter and setup man Joaquin Benoit to fill their much needed void in the bullpen.
AP contributed to this report.