Will This Be Magglio Ordonez's Last Season With the Detroit TIgers?

Dave HamptonCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2009

Smooth swing, professional swagger, the long and curly hair. Yes, it's Magglio Ordonez alright. I'd still like to see Jim Leyland wash that hair for him, as he quipped in an interview that he would have no problem doing.

He is running out of chances, however.

This is the last year of the guaranteed contract in Detroit for Magglio Ordonez. Built into his contract is a $15 million option for next year, which could escalate to as much as $18 million. As much as it hurts to say, this could be his last season wearing the old English "D"

This year's free agent class answers the question of "Why?"

K-Rod didn't get $60 million. Adam Dunn didn't get the $100 million he wanted, nor did Manny Ramirez. Pat Burrell settled for $16 million over two seasons, and Bobby Abreu basically got robbed.

Besides the Yankees, most franchises are feeling the effects of the not-so-great economic times, and trimming their payrolls. Instead of signing free agent talent, they are developing their own for cheaper. Franchises are digging guys off the scrap heap for cheap, and taking on reclamation projects.

It is now easy to see why the front office in Detroit might not want to activate the option they hold on Ordonez, for as much money as he would make from it. He could very well be allowed to walk, but undoubtedly attempts would be made to re-sign him for cheaper. That is a very risky venture, as some other team could swoop in and land him.

There is one other possibility that I am more concerned with, however. If the Tigers aren't overachieving by July 31st, he could be sent out of town before the non-waiver trade deadline.

So for the fans in Detroit who like seeing his floppy hair in right field, hope that the bullpen doesn't let too many games slip away, or Maggs might slip away with them.