Magglio has fractured ankle, out for next 6-8 weeks

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As first reported by Jeff Blair of the Toronto Globe and Mail, Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez has been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle and will miss the next 6-8 weeks.

The 36-year-old Ordonez had been battling ankle soreness for over a week, but he did major damage on Saturday when he was thrown out at the plate in the third inning.  It’s obviously a serious blow to the Tigers, who are chasing the White Sox in the American League Central while also trying to fight off a talented third-place Twins team. 

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski will almost certainly ramp up his efforts to find a middle-of-the-order bat and the deadline to make such a deal is July 31.

There’s another element to this story.  Ordonez signed a five-year, $75 million contract back in 2005 that included a hefty $15 million club option for 2011.  But that option is no longer guaranteed if he fails to reach 540 plate appearances this season, and it certainly appears that he won’t.  He’s sitting on 365 PAs right now.

Rangers sign Josh Hamilton to a minor league deal

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The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Not at all surprising. The Rangers released Hamilton last August, but that was simply to make some room on the 40-man roster. His season was already toast due to the surgery he underwent to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee which had the added bonus of revealing that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. At the time of his release both he and the Rangers made noises about him coming back on a minor league deal in 2017.

Hamilton turns 36 in May. The smart money has it that his big league career is over, but Hamilton would be silly to retire given that he is owed $30 million this coming season. That the Angels are paying $26.41 million of that makes it far less painful for the Rangers as well. If he can hit in the spring, hey, let him DH some and pay him low money. If not, no skin off of anyone’s nose. He can request a release on April 1 if he hasn’t made the big league roster.

A-Rod to host a reality show featuring broke ex-athletes

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Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank account wasn’t fat, you get the sense that he’d be OK given what we’ve seen of his work ethic and savvy in recent years.

He’s going to be getting another paycheck soon, though. For hosting a reality show featuring athletes who are not in as good a financial shape as A-Rod is:

Interesting. Hopefully, like so many other reality shows featuring the formerly rich and famous, this one is not exploitative. Not gonna hold my breath because that’s what that genre is all about, unfortunately, but here’s hoping A-Rod can help some folks with this.