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Giants sign Ramon Ortiz to minor-league contract

Feb 15, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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Ramon Ortiz has an amazing ability to stick around despite not being an effective pitcher since 2004 and the Giants just announced that they’ve signed the 39-year-old to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

Washed up old guys are sort of general manager Brian Sabean’s thing and Ortiz was at least reasonably useful for the Cubs last season, throwing 33 innings with a 4.86 ERA. And that was his best ERA in seven years, during which time he’s logged a total of 529 innings with a 5.47 ERA while earning around $15 million.

How he’s done it I’ll never understand, but it certainly shouldn’t shock anyone if Ortiz somehow ends up back in the majors with the Giants at some point this season.

  1. Gamera the Brave - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Uh, er, go Giants?…

  2. SmackSaw - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Ramon Ortiz? What is he, 45? I could hit him!

  3. dad4dds - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    hey one for the old guys

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