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Yankees sign Ramon Ortiz to minor league deal

Apr 4, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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The Yankees never made an attempt to lure Pedro Martinez to the Bronx, but now they can show off the original “Little Pedro.”

In need of a little extra pitching depth with David Phelps having made the team, the Yankees signed Ramon Ortiz to a minor league deal, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. He’ll presumably pitch in Triple-A.

Ortiz, 39, made two starts and 20 relief appearances for the Cubs last season, amassing a 4.86 ERA. He was cut by the Giants last week after giving up six runs — three earned — in 10 2/3 innings this spring.

Ortiz last pitched in the American League in 2007, went he went 4-4 with a 5.14 ERA in 91 innings for the Twins. He earned the “Little Pedro” moniker in his youth with the Angels (back before everyone knew he was a few years older than his listed age). He spent six years with the Angels, winning 15 games in 2002 and 16 in 2003.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    We’re doing WHAT now? Zasu Pitts, why do we need him-is this part of the Andy deal for no apparent reason?

  2. pisano - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    WHY?

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