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Tigers agree to terms with All-Star outfielder
02/07/2005 5:52 PM ET
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today agreed to terms with outfielder Magglio Ordonez on a five-year contract.

Ordonez, 31, hit .292 (59x202) with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 52 games last season for the Chicago White Sox. The 6-0, 215-pound outfielder missed time during the 2004 season with two stints on the disabled list for a left knee injury.

"The Tigers organization is excited to sign Magglio," Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. "He's a quality all-star player that brings a powerful bat to the middle of our lineup."

In eight seasons with the White Sox, he batted .307 with 187 home runs and 703 RBI in 1,001 games. A four-time all-star selection, he leaves Chicago among the franchise leaders in numerous categories: second with a .525 slugging percentage, fourth with 187 home runs, tied for seventh with 442 extra-base hits and ninth with 703 RBI.

Ordonez posted four straight seasons with a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 RBI for the White Sox from 1999-2002. In 2001, he became just the seventh player in major league history with a .300 batting average, 40 doubles, 30 home runs, 100 RBI and 25 stolen bases in a single season.

Since the beginning of the 1997 season, Ordonez is 16th among all major league players with his .307 batting average.

In a related roster move, the Tigers today designated for assignment the contract of outfielder DeWayne Wise. Wise was claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on October 15, 2004.

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