Magglio Ordonez announced his retirement today after a solid 15-year career with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers. However, his career almost took a much different path.
After the 2003 season the Boston Red Sox made it their mission to trade for Alex Rodriguez. A deal was struck between the Sox and the Texas Rangers and it looked like the reigning MVP was coming to Fenway. With A-Rod in and Manny Ramirez being sent to Texas, the Red Sox had a hole to fill in the outfield and a surplus of All-Star shortstops. To fix this problem they called up the Chicago White Sox and started trade talks involving Nomar Garciaparra and Magglio Ordonez. The deal may also have included other players: Johnny Damon, Paul Konerko, and Billy Koch were names being thrown around.
In the end, the MLBPA voided the A-Rod to Boston trade over salary reduction and he was eventually traded to the New York Yankees. The trade talks with Chicago also dissipated and Nomar, Manny, and Damon remained in Boston for the 2004 season. We all know how that season ended up, but I’ve always wondered if a Sox lineup with A-Rod, Magglio, and Konerko could have still reversed the curse.