Red Sox target Magglio Ordonez in search of right-handed bat

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After trading for Adrian Gonzalez the Red Sox’s lineup is heavily left-handed and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that they may try to balance things a bit by signing Magglio Ordonez.

Ordonez is 37 years old and missed half the season with an ankle injury, but he hit .303 with an .852 OPS when healthy and has always destroyed left-handed pitching. He’s a career .325 hitter with a .954 OPS versus southpaws, including .347 with a .956 OPS off them during the past three seasons.

Early in the offseason the Red Sox were viewed as a possible destination for Jayson Werth before he signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals. Ordonez is six years older, far less durable, and much worse defensively than Werth, but offers comparable production offensively at a fraction of the price.

In the past three years Werth has hit .279 with an .889 OPS, while Ordonez has hit .311 with an .843 OPS.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.