Magglio Ordonez plans to rehab fractured ankle, play in 2012

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When Magglio Ordonez fractured his ankle for the second time there was speculation that he’d call it quits at age 37 and coming off the worst season of his career, but Carlos Guillen said yesterday that Ordonez plans to play in 2012.

Guillen, who like Ordonez is a free agent and won’t be re-signing with the Tigers, told Jason Beck of MLB.com that Ordonez “is doing better” and will soon start the rehab process in Florida.

Even without the fractured ankle further clouding his future Ordonez’s options figured to be limited after hitting just .255 with five homers and a .634 OPS in 92 games for the Tigers. He was very productive in 2010, but the first fractured ankle cut that season short after 82 games and at this point he clearly can’t be counted on to play the outfield regularly.

Will there be a job for Ordonez as a 38-year-old designated hitter? Probably, but it might take proving he’s healthy on a minor-league contract to get there. And oddly enough he might be fighting with Guillen for those limited opportunities.

Report: Mets showing interest in Bartolo Colon

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Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.

Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.

Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.