1) The Tigers signed free agent RF Magglio Ordonez to a 5 year, $75 million contract. The Tigers can void the rest of the contract if, in 2005, he has a reoccurrence of the left knee injury that ruined his 2004 season and ends up on the DL for at least 25 days because of it. There are also vesting options that could raise the deal to 7 years, $105 million. An official announcement could come tomorrow.
After 46 RCAA/.978 OPS and 39 RCAA/.926 OPS seasons, Ordonez hit .485 SLG, .351 OBA, .836 OPS, 2 RCAA in 52 games. He’s spent his entire career with the Whitesox and has a .889 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 143 RCAA in 1001 games.
Ordonez ranks 7th on the Whitesox career RCAA list–
RCAA 1 Frank Thomas 796 2 Eddie Collins 364 3 Minnie Minoso 281 4 Luke Appling 239 5 Joe Jackson 227 6 Harold Baines 154 T7 Dick Allen 143 T7 Magglio Ordonez 143 9 Floyd Robinson 132 10 Robin Ventura 121
2) According to the St. Petersburg Times, trade talks between the Devil Rays and Diamondbacks, about Jose Cruz Jr., heated up for a few days, but the Diamondbacks aren’t interested in picking up Cruz’s salary. The paper also reports the Rockies are interested in Phillies CF Marlon Byrd.
3) The Marlins reached an agreement with the city and county for the building of a $420 million stadium, the Marlins are agreeing to pay $192 million, but the deal still needs the state to agree to pay $60 million.
So, in other words, the Marlins reached an agreement with the city and county for the building of a stadium, the cost of which will eventually prove to be $600 million, with the Marlins ending up paying $192.00 and the state also paying the cost.
4) According to NY Newsday, the Astros made a “supposed to be top secret” agreement with Roger Clemens that, if the Astros drop out of the race, he can request a trade to the Yankees.
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