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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  1. The next Tim Lincecum

  2. ellisburks 3 years ago

    He stinks.

  3. monkeyking42 3 years 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.

  4. Brian 3 years ago

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

  5. gmenfan 3 years ago

    Nothing to see here, folks. Move along …

  6. icedrake523 3 years ago

    How is this guy still around?

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

  8. BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

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

    • FrnchDp 3 years ago

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

      • disadvantage 3 years ago

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

      • BlueSkyLA 3 years 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 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 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.

  9. NiceGamePrettyBoy 3 years ago

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

    • jaryl612 3 years ago

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

  10. i don’t get it.

  11. Gumby65 3 years ago

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

    • FrnchDp 3 years ago

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

  12. sfgiantsforeternity 3 years 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 ago

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

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