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Free agent's health discussed with Trammell, brass

MIAMI -- Free-agent outfielder Magglio Ordonez met Monday
with Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch and his top staff.

Tigers president Dave Dombrowski and manager Alan Trammell also
attended the meeting, as did agent Scott Boras and associate Mike
Fiore.

"We were going to go up to Detroit to meet with them. The owner
apparently had a business meeting down in Florida," Boras said.
"We decided to move the meeting up a day.

"It went well. The Tigers talked about their plans for the
future, their interest in Magglio, the advances they made last
season."

The Rangers are also interested. Club officials told the Dallas Morning News that the team has looked at Ordonez.

Ordonez, a four-time All-Star who turns 31 on Friday, hit .292 for the Chicago White Sox last season with nine homers and 37 RBI in 202 at-bats. A career .307 hitter with 187 homers, he missed 36 games after injuring his left knee May 19, then went on the disabled list for good on July 22 with bone marrow edema.

"We've actually had a number of calls prior to this meeting,"
Boras said after returning home to California. "Their doctors have
talked with Magglio's doctors. They're certainly comfortable he'll
be ready to go by spring training."

When reached Tuesday morning, Dombrowski declined to provide any details about the meeting.

"Other than to say we met and had a nice visit, I don't have
anything else to say," Dombrowski said.

Trammell did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.