Issues include outfielder's health, Boras factor

DETROIT -- Magglio Ordonez's agent made a counteroffer
Thursday to the Detroit Tigers, who impressed the free-agent
outfielder when they met earlier this week.

Ordonez and agent Scott Boras met Monday with Tigers owner Mike
Ilitch, team president Dave Dombrowski and manager Alan Trammell.

"Mike Ilitch indicated he was interested in making a move that
would dramatically affect the franchise," Boras said. "Magglio
called me today and instructed me to make an offer to the Tigers,
which we did."

Ordonez made $14 million last year with the Chicago White Sox
and had been seeking a five-year deal before he became a free

"We have acknowledged that we have some interest in Magglio,"
Dombrowski told the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association on
Thursday. "There are questions about his health. Everyone knows

Boras praised Ilitch for Monday's session in Florida.

"Mike did really good in his meeting of expressing where the
Tigers can be," Boras said. "He thought the Tigers have a very
good chance of winning the AL Central. Magglio is very familiar
with the AL Central and with Detroit."

Ordonez hit .292 last year with nine homers and 37 RBI, but
missed most of the season because of a knee injury that needed two

"They talked to the doctors and were very comfortable Magglio
is healthy," Boras said.

The New York Mets have spoken with Boras about Ordonez, and the
Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles also may be interested.

Last year, Boras negotiated All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez's
contract with the Tigers.

"I wouldn't say we have a good relationship, but we have an
open relationship and a professional one," Dombrowski said. "We
don't agree on many issues, but we understand that and have been
able to work around it."

Detroit's biggest free-agent signings this offseason were closer
Troy Percival, who agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract, and
shortstop Ramon Martinez, who agreed to a one-year deal worth

"There were a couple cases where it was more of a matter of us
pulling back and deciding to go in another direction," Dombrowski
said. "But there were also others where we were interested and it
didn't happen.

"In a majority of cases, money is going to speak the loudest,
and teams like the New York franchises and Boston can do more than
most teams," he said. "That's unfortunate, but that's where we
are. There's nothing you can do about the Yankees short of a hard
cap, and getting that would require things that I don't want to
see, like a long work stoppage."