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Ramon Ortiz, 37, signs minor league contract with Cubs

Apr 10, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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From MLB.com beat writer Carrie Muskat comes word that the Cubs have signed veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa.

Ortiz spent the 2010 season with three different organizations — the Dodgers, Mets and Rays — and finished with a 6.30 ERA over 16 major league appearances (two starts).

The 37-year-old will serve as starting rotation depth for the Cubs, who lost both Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells to injuries this past week.

Ortiz has a 4.93 career ERA and 1.42 career WHIP over 274 total appearances. He spent 2008 in Japan.

  1. purdueman - Apr 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    I suppose that “desperate times call for desperate measures”, what with 2/5ths of the Flubs starting rotation currently unable to answer the bell when it’s their turn to pitch. Now the question becomes, who becomes the most desperate to sign Pedro Martinez? The Cubs, Yankees or Red Sawx? (I’ll bet on the Yankees because if an over the hill starter still has a pulse and can be signed on the cheap, Hank Steinbrenner is all in!).

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