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MLB Baseball News

Ordonez Signs, Strengthens Tigers

by Dan Joseph
djoseph@americajr.com

The signing of Ordonez sent many messages throughout the Tigers’ organization. They first made a statement showing that they want to compete and are willing to spend money. It was also made abundantly clear that Bobby Higginson’s days as a starting outfielder may be over. But the most important message was that the Tigers are clearly a much better team than they were last year.

Magglio Ordonez was introduced on Monday as the newest member of the Tigers organization. After the team doctors cleared his knee for duty, and the ink on the contract was dry, he was talked about immediately as the power hitter the Tigers had been after. Since 1999, Ordonez has hit over .300 in five of six seasons. He consistently put up 100 RBIs and 30 homeruns. He’s a strong gap hitter, and had he not been out with a knee problem, he would have repeated that same performance last season.

Doctors for the Tigers believe the knee condition, known as osteochondritis, could have been misdiagnosed. There is a theory that what he experienced could have been as simple as a tear. Either way, the Tigers have a way out of the contract after the 2005 season. If Ordonez has recurring osteochondritis, they can opt out.

Ordonez adds depth as well as questions to the outfield. “These things have a way of working themselves out,” said Manager Alan Trammell. Ordonez will man right field. Alex Sanchez will man center field. The question right now is who will man left field? Higginson? Monroe? White? All are candidates for the job, but all come with liabilities.

Monroe is at the point in his career where he can no longer be considered a rookie. The only problem is he’s also at that point where he can’t be considered a veteran. Monroe has a good bat. He has moderate speed and sees the ball well in the field. His one downside is his accuracy in outfield assists. With another year under his belt, this could be one of those things Trammell mentioned would work itself out.

Rondell White is a terrific hitter. He sees the ball well and has a good arm, but he’s very slow. With the size of Comerica Park’s outfield, he might not be the right fit. If he can prove he belongs there, he will add depth in hitting.

Bobby Higginson is on the downside of a dismal career. A career that started off on a hall of fame mark has turned into the career of a bum. Higginson sees the field very well. He has the speed to cover the large land mass and has a very accurate, strong arm. His problem is at the plate. He’s lost his edge in recent years. At times it doesn’t look like he could buy a hit. Hit stance is inconsistent, which is the main stronghold on his ability to hit at a high level. A healthy, well hitting Higginson could be just what the Tigers need. Is it too late for Higginson to bounce back?

Depth is a key part of championship teams. The Tigers certainly have plenty of that in the outfield. In the infield, they have less depth, but they also have solidity in their positions. With Inge and Infante starting off the season in their positions, and Inge being a former All-American college short stop, the Tigers’ infield should be in good shape. Guillen will continue to grow as a player and prove that he’s the real deal. Pena will need a breakout season, which a lot of experts are predicting, or else he could see himself replaced by Dmitri Young, the team’s DH. Remember the depth in the outfield? White might make a good DH.

We haven’t even talked about pitching yet. I’ll save that for next week. I will say that with Urbina setting up most of the season for the 2003 Marlins helped them get to the World Series. Also, don’t forget Troy Percival deserved to be named the 2002 World Series MVP, even though he wasn’t.

The Ordonez signing is a key signing for the Tigers. It will add depth and solidity to the outfield. It will bring true clean-up power hitting to the line up. It will put another threat in the already well versed Tigers batting lineup. Maybe this is the year the Tigers contend for the Central Division title.

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