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Ramon Ortiz is still pitching (and signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays)

Dec 19, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

Ramon Ortiz AP

Ramon Ortiz didn’t pitch in the majors this year, spending the whole season at Triple-A in the Yankees’ farm system, and now the 39-year-old right-hander has agreed to a minor league deal with the Blue Jays.

Toronto also signed journeyman outfielder Ryan Langerhans, who presumably has a much better chance than Ortiz of actually playing for the Blue Jays in 2013.

It’s amazing that Ortiz was able to have an 11-year career in the big leagues considering he had an ERA below 4.00 exactly one time, way back in 2002, and hasn’t posted an ERA below 4.43 since then. During that nine-season span he threw 837 innings with a 5.26 ERA, yet was employed by seven different MLB teams. Must be a helluva guy.

Langerhans is a good defensive outfielder with a career .226 batting average and .704 OPS in 593 games, but the 33-year-old hasn’t gotten more than 150 plate appearances in the majors since 2007.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    The Jays have signed several minor league free agents for their Triple A team.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      backfill?

      • cur68 - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        Probably injury insurance. After last season, when they had the months of “Bring Out Your Dead”, Anthopolous probably took note of how much he and other teams needed spare arms/fielders to eat innings and occupy a spot in the OF. Also AA knows how important it is to have Punto-types around to throw in with a tempting prospect when he needs a certain player. Both these signings can fulfill needs that came up last season and will be sure to come up this season: if not for The Beavz then with some other team who’re watching the starting rotation/bullpen/fielders collapse like dominos.

        In the meantime, I keep staring at this thing….

        https://sites.google.com/site/mlb2013countdown/

        End of the World in 2 days. Lets hope they make that quick. Opening Day . . . 102 days? Jeez . . .

      • historiophiliac - Dec 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        What say you — drinking and trolling our last two days out?

      • cur68 - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        Been drinking and trolling all week. You better catch up.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        I’ve been trying to hold back another history rant this week, and I’m afraid if I drink, it will escape. :)

  2. rayfeathers - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    they mean pedro not ramon. that’s a typo.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:11 PM

      Ortiz, not Martinez.

      • rayfeathers - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        yes i fucked that up. they must mean david. but i thought the sox resigned him. guess not.

  3. sirrealrainman - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Ah Ramon Ortiz, we’ll always have 2002 together (so long and thanks for all the fish).

    Otherwise, what a total head case.
    I think it was 2003 or 2004 when Mike Scioscia had to expressly forbid Ramon from ever shaking off the catcher’s pitch selection until further notice. Ramon really did get “that bad.”.

    It does seem amazing (bewildering?) that he’s still bouncing around professional baseball.

  4. proudlycanadian - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Enough about the Blue Jays Aaron. Their Christmas shopping is essentially done.

    How about the Red Sox?

    The Red Sox have been far too quiet. They have yet to finalize the Mike Napoli contract. Are they getting cold feet due to a failed physical? Might they go after a different person to play first base instead? I understand that a first baseman who played in Washington last year might be available.

    • cur68 - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      I’ve been enjoying Hard BeaverMen Talk way more than Hard Boston Talk, PC. I say we stick with this format. Among the interesting things to come up is the number of Bever Fans there are. I wasn’t aware The Beav had this many fans. It used to be just you and me for the longest time, PC. Who are these Yahoos?

      • historiophiliac - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        sigh

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        AA has been working so hard that many fans are no longer dormant. It is time for him to enjoy the next 2 weeks with his family. I will be checking in from time to time; however, I will be concentrating on my trapping skills in the next couple of weeks.

      • cur68 - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        Best of luck with the trapping. Remember: use humane traps. No leg holds. Also, if you only maim one watch out for the vendetta. They got long memories, a vindictive nature and are cunning on the hunt.

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