February 7, 2005 - After one of the more acrimonious disputes in team history, four time All-Star Magglio Ordonez signed a free agent deal with Detroit. Ordonez engaged Sox management in a ‘war of words’ over how he was treated, the contract offered to him and his health status. Magglio’s agent, Scott Boras, refused to turn over medical information, which infuriated GM Kenny Williams and basically sealed Ordonez fate. Considering the severity of his knee injury, which required a secret trip to Austria for experimental surgery, it was hard to blame the Sox for their stance. Ordonez played with the team for six full seasons and parts of two others with 187 home runs and 702 RBIs.
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