We've been itching for some other names to toss around on the trade front, and today we finally get one, courtesy of MLB.com beat writer Mark Bowman:
[...Braves GM Frank Wren will] likely spend some time talking to his good friend Dave Dombrowski, who could be looking to create funds on the Tigers payroll by dealing 34-year-old outfielder Magglio Ordonez, who is owed $18 million in 2009 and $15 million salaries in 2010 and 2011.
That's an interesting name to throw out there. Before we got TOO serious about this, remember that Bowman is simply speculating here, but occasionally there's something behind that speculation. The times I've been around Bowman and O'Brien while they were interviewing Wren or Schuerholz, they would throw out names of guys they thought might be targets in a trade. While neither GM came out and said yes to most of these guys, sometimes there would be little inclinations or facial expressions that one guy was more favored than another, but never quotable words. This is generally how these kinds of rumors get started, so like it or not, we have to trust that these guys know the GM well enough to know when he's tipping them off (and Bowman's usually a little more conservative with this kind of information than O'Brien). Nonetheless, take these kinds of things with a grain of salt.
A guy like Ordonez would probably be a good fit for the Braves. He's an average left fielder with good pop in his bat, and he's a right-handed hitter which fits well into our heavily left-handed lineup. Mags is also a controlled hitter, who takes a fair number of walks and keeps his strikeouts down.
The contract is a pretty big one, but we have the money to spend this year, and a contract like his that goes down the next two years, when other player's contracts likely increase, will fit well into our payroll for the next few years.
I like this idea. I hadn't considered Mags, but now that I do, even with his injury history, which I think is behind him, he would be a good fit. Here's hoping Wren can work his voodoo on Dombrowski again... hey, maybe we could get another young starting pitcher from him too.