The Tigers have committed to bring Magglio Ordonez back next season. Ordonez is in line to make $18 million. This season, Ordonez hasn't performed like someone worth the large amount of cash. He has just seven home runs and 40 RBIs, but has pushed his average up to .288 with strong months of August and September. The 35-year old Ordonez has just 27 extra-base hits this season and a .398 slugging percentage.

The Tigers have committed to bring Magglio Ordonez back next season. Ordonez is in line to make $18 million. This season, Ordonez hasn't performed like someone worth the large amount of cash. He has just seven home runs and 40 RBIs, but has pushed his average up to .288 with strong months of August and September. The 35-year old Ordonez has just 27 extra-base hits this season and a .398 slugging percentage.

Magglio Ordonez has been a hot topic around Detroit for a majority of the summer. His early season struggles and lack of power throughout the entire season has prompted many to ask for his release or the Tigers either to not play him so he doesn’t receive a guaranteed $18 million dollar contract for next season.

Mike Illitch all but has committed to paying Magglio as reported in the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday.

For those who believe Magglio isn’t worth the money he will be making I agree. But I also believe it’s hard to sit someone down who has been delivering hits over the past two month and has his average approaching the .300 mark for the season. The power isn’t there, but baseball seems to be a sport where people get paid for past production. If you look around the majors, there is Alfonso Soriano who is having a horrible year and he is getting major cash from the Chicago Cubs. Vernon Wells is another person who isn’t living up to his big contract.

On the same token Tigers ace Justin Verlander is making just under $3,675,000 – quite a bargain for what he has done so far in his career. With the season he is having now and what he has done, he will be in line to make a big paycheck.

With the Tigers set to bring Magglio back, those should hope he is able to bounce back and see an increase in his power numbers. Whether you like him or not, he has been one of the Tigers top hitters in the second half.  Ordonez hit .348 (24-for-69) with three doubles, two triples, two homers and seven RBIs in August. Entering today’s series finale against the Royals, Ordonez was batting .450 in the early days of September.

His bat could come on handy down the stretch and he’s had some big hits. Since he will reach his at-bats for sure, we should just hope he finds his power stroke again.

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