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by Scott Bolohan

Well we did it. We've managed to take a good thing and screw it up. Magglio Ordonez is hitting finally. And that's terrible news.

I have no problems with Maggs, in fact, I've always sorta liked the guy. But if there's one thing I don't like, it's paying $18 million to single-hitting DH's. And that's what we're about to do.

The Maggs situation has been a source of ongoing trouble all year. He couldn't hit for the majority of the season, we benched him, tried basically everyone else on the team that could play outfield and it turned out they couldn't hit either. Now that Maggs is showing life, he's in the lineup everyday. Not that platoon against lefties, but everyday.

Which will kick in his vesting option for next year at $18 million. He needs around 90 plate appearances to get it, and surely will if he keeps playing this much. But what are the Tigers to really do? They've needed offense more than anything and we're finally getting it from the wrong guy.

We are too late to cut him, that chance happened with Carlos Guillen came off the DL. It would have been perfectly acceptable. Now as he's hitting around .400 for the month, you can be sure Scott Boras would file a grievance(one he would probably win). So we're stuck with him. And the salary. In this market, it might be the worst contract in the game of baseball next year. For a few singles, a couple homers, and plenty of weak hits to the right side/GIDPs/strikeouts with men on third and less than two outs, I would have rather let anyone else play.

In the short run (as in the playoff run) it probably helps. I'm pretty sure the Tigers will make the playoffs with or without Maggs (I'm also pretty sure the Tigers are going to be destroyed in the Division Series). But it cripples the team in the future (and we already have our share of crippling contracts).

I guess all we can do is accept the fact that we're stuck with Maggs. Or hope he misses the team bus for the rest of the season.


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