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White Sox Cut Ties With Ordonez

December 8, 2004

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago White Sox cut ties with Magglio Ordonez on Tuesday, declining to offer arbitration to their All-Star right fielder.

The White Sox also did not offer arbitration to shortstop Jose Valentin, second baseman Roberto Alomar, and his brother, catcher Sandy Alomar Jr.

By not offering Ordonez arbitration, the White Sox lost their right to re-sign him until May 1. They also won’t get any compensation if he signs with another team.

Ordonez is a career .307 hitter with 187 homers and 703 RBIs, but the decision was no surprise because the White Sox were never able to evaluate his surgically repaired left knee. Ordonez only played 52 games last season because of the injury, and had a second surgery in September.

``There are other things we are focused on right now,″ general manager Kenny Williams said Monday.

Ordonez 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. Ordonez is scheduled to hold a workout at this weekend’s winter meetings, but that was too late for the White Sox, who couldn’t risk offering him arbitration without more details on his health.

If the White Sox had offered arbitration and Ordonez had accepted, he probably would get a salary close to the $14 million he made last year.

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