Replacing injured Ordonez a tough task

Updated: July 26, 2010, 3:37 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

About a month ago, my colleague Christopher Harris sent me a trade offer in our 20-team office auction league. Nobody has depth, so trading isn't easy. I needed power, he needed pitching, it was about the easiest trade I had ever made. No negotiation, no days to ponder. He still enjoys Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim right-hander Jered Weaver. I will no longer enjoy Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez.

Truth be told, Ordonez did well for me, helped me move up a few spots in RBIs in a very deep league (I am in third place), and after he fractured his ankle in a play at home plate over the weekend, I was left to troll for unsuitable replacements Sunday night. I didn't get Jim Edmonds, Matt Joyce or Wilson Betemit with FAAB dollars, but Alexi Casilla, whom I was forced to activate. I'm not pleased.

I'm sure the Tigers aren't pleased either, losing their No. 3 hitter and a key component to the offense. No, Ordonez isn't MVP/Triple Crown candidate Miguel Cabrera, but he was hitting .303 with more power than what he showed last season. Ordonez is on pace for 21 home runs and 105 RBIs. He has more walks than strikeouts (40 to 38). He's among the league's best in pounding left-handed pitching (.371 batting average, 1.171 OPS). The Tigers just don't have internal options to replace the production.

Second baseman Carlos Guillen -- boy, I still can't get used to seeing that position next to his name -- was also hurt in Saturday's contest, as a right calf strain forced him to the DL as well. I have quite a few thoughts/predictions about the Tigers offense the rest of the way, so here goes.