It’s February 15 and Magglio Ordonez is without a team. And he’s likely to maintain that unemployed status for a while longer unless his asking price drops significantly within the next week.
According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, Ordonez told a Venezuelan radio station on Wednesday that he is not willing to accept a minor league contract.
Rather, Ordonez wants a guaranteed Opening Day roster spot with guaranteed big-league money.
Ordonez, 38, batted just .252/.303/.331 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 92 regular-season games last season for the Tigers while fighting a fractured ankle. The A’s have expressed interest in him this offseason, but the veteran outfielder confirmed in his radio appearance Wednesday that Oakland is offering “nothing concrete.”
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.