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It seems as if it is getting more and more likely that the Tigers will place Magglio Ordonez on the trade block this offseason. They want to open up payroll so they can go out and fill a need or two via free agency. Their projected payroll if they keep everyone is about 125 million. They want to lower it to the 110 range. Magglio would have to go in that situation. He is set to make 15 million next year. They could probably stomach a 115 or 120 million payroll. So if they trade Magglio they still have 5 to 10 million to spend. One possible destination is to the Blue Jays for Scott Downs and a pitching prospect. Downs is the reliever they need. Marcus Thames could handle right field, but a platoon would be more helpful. They can sign David Eckstein for shortstop. A bargain-basement starter and a righty-mashing right fielder could also help. Maybe they sign Eric Hinske or Cliff Floyd. The starter they add could be a guy like Randy Wolf or Paul Byrd. Another possibility is to trade Ordonez to the Braves for Rafeal Soriano or Mike Gonzalez. One of them could be available if the Braves resign John Smoltz for the bullpen. Both are signed on one year deals. They could then do the same I stated above to fill their other holes. It would be tough for the Tigers to improve by trading away one of their best hitters, but it is possible if they can fill multiple holes with the money opened up.
After the worst market in center field, you get the best one in left field.
- Manny Ramirez
- Pat Burrell
- Adam Dunn
- Milton Bradley
- Raul Ibanez
- Moisis Alou
- Garret Anderson (14 million club option with a 3 million buyout)
- Emil Brown
- Juan Rivera
- Luis Gonzalez
- Cliff Floyd (2.75 million club option with a 0.25 million buyout)
- Kevin Mench
- Willy Mo Pena (5 million club option or a 2 million player option)
- Jay Payton
- Craig Monroe
- Jason Michaels
Teams in Need
- Mets (Only if F-Mart isn’t ready)