Tigers add a big bat, is it the final straw for Magglio?

The Tigers made a big deal on Monday, acquiring outfielder Delmon Young from division rival Minnesota.  Young was the first overall pick in the 2003 MLB Draft and has flashed signs of stardom, like in 2010 when he had 112 RBI’s, 21 home runs and hit .298 on the season.  But so far this season Young has struggled, hitting only .266 with four home runs and 32 RBI’s in 84 games with the Twins.

The Tigers were able to acquire Young without having to give up any vital pieces to the current roster, having to give up 10th-round pick in 2010, Cole Nelson and Lester Oliveros.  Nelson is 5-11 with a 4.87 ERA in 26 appearances for Class A Lakeland this season, while Oliveros made his major league debut with Detroit this season, going eight innings in nine appearances and a 5.86 ERA.  Oliveros has spent most of his time with Triple-A Toledo, going 1-3 with a 6.43 ERA and picking up five saves along the way.

One twist in the trade is how this move will affect Magglio Ordonez.  Jim Leyland had Magglio in the lineup the day of the trade, but said that his primary outfield will be Young, Brennan Boesch, and Austin Jackson.  Leyland said he would pick his spots to use Ordonez, but this looks like his time may be up wearing the olde English D.  He might soon be designated for assignment, demoted to the minors, and it was speculated that he would be the one would be heading for the minors to make room on the 25 man roster.  Detroit instead optioned 2B Will Rhymes to Toledo to make a spot for Young.  Today when the Tigers take on the Twins it will be Jackson, Boesch and Young at the top of the Tigers order, which could be a staple for the Tigers if they choose to resign Young at the end of the season.  Time will tell if Young will be back, but it looks like the door has closed on Magglio’s time here in Detroit.

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6 Responses to Tigers add a big bat, is it the final straw for Magglio?

  1. tigers4life says:

    hmmmm not quite sure what to think of this move.. young is a power hitter without the power numbers this year. he is a bp freak of nature but hasnt hit well and definatly doesnt bring anything special to the defense

  2. Robert Stone says:

    That is true, but what has Magglio really brought to the team this season? The guy just hasn’t recovered from injuries and really can’t perform anymore.

  3. Curtis Pulliam says:

    Well Rob and Tigers4life, Mags is hitting a cool .228 with 4 home runs and 23 RBI’s on the year. Is that production worth ten million dollars? You tell me

  4. Robert Stone says:

    Curtis I’m on your side, you know I don’t like what Mags brings. I hope they do send him down to Toledo, let him get healthy and figured out and then maybe he can come back up later in September and help get this team to the playoffs. Pipe dream? Maybe.

  5. tigers4life says:

    yea idk mags time is running out with the tigers that’s clear. I just really want the tigers to start to address the middle relief part of the bullpen. Nothing will happen this year but I hope Dambroski can figure that out and hopefully a long term fix to the 3rd base spot.

  6. Robert Stone says:

    Yeah, the problem is we don’t have much in the minors in either relief pitching or infield players. Our best prospects are all pitchers, which is what Dombrowski has focused on in the top of the draft. The problem is guys that are suppose to be good aren’t i.e. Ryan Perry. Hopefully they make a move and trade Andy Oliver before the rest of the league finds out he isn’t as good as he’s touted.

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