Giants Release Ramon Ortiz

The Giants have released Ramon Ortiz, reports Hank Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle (on Twitter). The Praver/Shapiro client signed a minor league deal with the Giants last month.

Ortiz, 39, 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. Ortiz struck out eight and allowed just three earned runs in 10 2/3 innings this spring, so there's a chance he'll hook on elsewhere.

The Giants would have owed Ortiz a $100K retention bonus had they kept him in the organization past a certain date thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement, notes Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area (on Twitter).

12 Responses to Giants Release Ramon Ortiz Leave a Reply

  1. Nivarsity 3 years ago

    Short and sweet.

  2. CAD_Monkey 3 years ago

    I’m sorry to hear that…

    – A Dodger fan

  3. 55saveslives 3 years ago

    $100K more for the “Rainy Day” fund!

  4. jfretless 3 years ago

    In the same fashion that Giants went from Orlando Cabrera to Melky…

    Look for the Giants to dig up and sign Russ Ortiz in the coming days.

  5. Gumby65 3 years ago

     Giants signed him just so they can release him and spite the Dodgers for keeping him as long as they did…

  6. davcamp 3 years ago

    I disagree.  I think Pablo has proven himself, and I am liking Belt to break out this year.  Not to mention we have a few players who are motivated to put up big stats for their upcoming free agency (Melky, Pagan, Huff, Cain, Wilson).  Worst comes to worst, the Giants don’t play great and we do some trading of vets to acquire young talent.  Heck, even if Vogelsong comes back to earth a bit he’s still a helluva fourth starter that 90% of the teams out there would like to have.

  7. 55saveslives 3 years ago

     Dodger fan?

  8. davcamp 3 years ago

    Couldn’t agree more.  Someone told me Posey was a SS and 2nd baseman.  Biggio moved to 2nd, so why not Posey?  I wish Huff would just go away.  Even if he has a good year we’re not going to sign him anyway. 

  9. lhscowboy 3 years ago

    I like the idea of Posey at 3rd. His arm is too good to waste at 1st in the future. Move Sandoval to 1st and Belt to left. Belts speed and arm are underrated and could serve well in the outfield which will eventually feature Gary Brown who takes away 60% of the field anyways.

  10. That would be an interesting move. Posey was the starting SS freshman year at Florida State and was named a Lousville Slugger Freshmen All American. His bat would play wonderfully at 2B too. The only question is what do you do with Panik? I know he’s still a few years away, but a lot of scouts don’t think he can stick at SS. Playing Posey at 2B would allow to Sanchez to catch and show us what he can really do too.

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