Thursday, October 14, 2004

Magglio Ordonez hires Scott Boras 

Magglio Ordonez was supposedly one of the Rangers' top free agent targets this offseason. He may not be any more.

Ordonez has hired Scott Boras as his agent.

Boras, of course, is the guy who represents Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and numerous other high-profile clients. Two of his 2004 draftees, Jared Weaver and Stephen Drew, still haven't signed, and are each purportedly asking for guaranteed deals worth in the neighborhood of $10 million.

Grady Fuson's relationship with Boras was supposedly part of the reason Buck and Hart wanted him gone, and it seems unlikely that the team is going to go out of its way to deal with a Boras free agent.

Really, though, I'm not all that disappointed by this. Ordonez will be 31 next season, and is coming off knee surgery. He may not be 100% to start the 2005 season.

While he's the type of bat the Rangers need, I think Ordonez has always been a little overrated, and he's at the point where he's more likely to decline than improve. I'm afraid that, if we were to sign him, we'd be paying him for his peak production, but be getting post-peak performance.

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