Giants To Sign Ramon Ortiz

The Giants announced that they invited right-hander Ramon Ortiz to Spring Training, presumably on a minor league deal (Twitter link). Praver/Shapiro represents the 38-year-old, who split the 2011 season between the Cubs and their Triple-A affiliate.

Ortiz appeared in 22 games for the Cubs last year, posting a 4.86 ERA with 6.8 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 33 1/3 innings. The 11-year MLB veteran also made 16 starts at Triple-A, completing 99 1/3 innings with the Iowa Cubs. The Cubs were the only other team that was publicly linked to Ortiz this offseason.


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21 Comments on "Giants To Sign Ramon Ortiz"


3 years 5 months ago

The next Tim Lincecum

RepOak
3 years 5 months ago

Haha good one

ellisburks
3 years 5 months ago

He stinks.

monkeyking42
3 years 5 months ago

Just filling out the Fresno rotation.  If he’s pitching in the majors, a lot of things have gone wrong.  Note of hope: his SO/BB ratio last year in 16 AAA starts was 4.05, the highest it has been since he pitched A ball in 1997.

Brian
3 years 5 months ago

Maybe he’ll go all Volgelsongy and take Zito’s job by May

gmenfan
3 years 5 months ago

Nothing to see here, folks. Move along …

icedrake523
3 years 5 months ago

How is this guy still around?

3 years 5 months ago

from a Cub fan – enjoy. And thank you. Really. 

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 5 months ago

The Dodgers chucked this boat anchor overboard two years ago. With no chain attached. Enjoy!

FrnchDp
3 years 5 months ago

Still upset about Juan Uribe, aren’t ya..  ; )

disadvantage
3 years 5 months ago

Which came right in the wake of his Jason Schmidt hangover…

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 5 months ago

Hardly. The Giants made him almost the exact same offer as the Dodgers. It was a coin flip where he’d end up.

FrnchDp
3 years 5 months ago

Sorry friend.. we weren’t willing to sign him to a 3 yr deal. If it was a coin flip, why leave the defending champions to head to a team with FO turmoil? Dodgers offered him more money for longer.
Fact is, he didn’t pan out for you guys last year. I’m guessing he has a better season in ’12.
And while he was much beloved at AT&T, it had some to do with his uncle Jose’s memories.

Still.. I didn’t mean to make a big ol’ deal out of this. Ortiz is a ST invite and nothing more – he either makes the team, or is probably released to try elsewhere. No big loss.

FrnchDp
3 years 5 months ago

Sorry friend.. we weren’t willing to sign him to a 3 yr deal. If it was a coin flip, why leave the defending champions to head to a team with FO turmoil? Dodgers offered him more money for longer.
Fact is, he didn’t pan out for you guys last year. I’m guessing he has a better season in ’12.
And while he was much beloved at AT&T, it had some to do with his uncle Jose’s memories.

Still.. I didn’t mean to make a big ol’ deal out of this. Ortiz is a ST invite and nothing more – he either makes the team, or is probably released to try elsewhere. No big loss.

NiceGamePrettyBoy
3 years 5 months ago

Funny thing is that he probably wouldn’t be much worse than Zito, for about 3% of the money :/

jaryl612
3 years 5 months ago

True dat.  Time to admit defeat and trade Zito for a couple C level prospects.

3 years 5 months ago

i don’t get it.

Gumby65
3 years 5 months ago

Good luck with that.  Russ Ortiz can’t be too far behind.

FrnchDp
3 years 5 months ago

Ortiz is younger too!  But 2 yrs retired, so that’s even less likely.

sfgiantsforeternity
3 years 5 months ago

Has spent time in the org before. Spent all of 2009 with Fresno (Giants AAA). Obviously seen more as a filler arm for the Grizzlies and maybe like a super emergency starter. Gotta think they would go to Surkamp/Burres before Ortiz though. 

Cam Hodgson-Dwyer
3 years 5 months ago

Yeah, AAA filler for sure. If he ever suits up for the Giants, then something must have gone seriously wrong.