Originally posted on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 3/27/12
Veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez is still a free agent and according to his official Twitter account he could be nearing retirement. He said earlier this year that he doesn't want to play in the Minors, and would retire if he doesn't receive a Major League deal. Even though Ordonez has had some great offensive seasons including 2007 when he won the batting title, injuries, age, declining abilities and below defensive capabilities have hindered him from receiving a Major League contract. And to be honest, who can blame them? Ordonez missed 34 games in 2011 due to an ankle injury and 67 more games in 2010 for the same reason. Earlier in his career he had problems with his knees and missed 108 games due to knee surgery. His FRAA (Fielding Runs Above Average) has been negative since 2005, meaning that an average and cheaper outfielder would do a better job there. His VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) during his last three seasons has been 13.3, 20.6 and -7.4 respectively, but adding his FRAA, his WARP (Wins Above Replacement Player) during his last three seasons were 0.5, 1.9, -1.4. This means that when Ordonez was making $19.2 million he only contributed 0.5 more wins than a replacement player, or a minimum wage player would. And in 2011, the Tigers would have been better with that replacement player in their outfield, because he cost the team -1.4 games with his performance. When we talk about a replacement player we're talking about a guy that makes minimum wage and won't be an everyday player in any of the 30 MLB teams. If I were a General Manager I wouldn't sign Ordonez to a Major League deal either. I wouldn't even consider giving him a guaranteed Major League contract without knowing if his ankle is going to hold up over the course of a 162 game season. In 15 Major League seasons, Ordonez has hit .309/.369/.502 with 294 HR's and 1,236 RBI's in 6978 AB's. His OPS is .871 and his OPS+ 125. His career VORP is 381.1, his FRAA -70.6 and his WARP 30.4. To be honest, his fielding hurt his true offensive value. If he would have been a DH for most of his career, he would have contributed a lot more to his teams. Image by Keith Allison under the Creative Commons License. ]]>
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