Giants Sign Ramon Ortiz

The Giants signed right-hander Ramon Ortiz to a minor-league contract with an invite to Spring Training. Ortiz will turn 39 in a month. The last time he maintained an ERA+ over 100 in the major leagues was eight years ago. In 1423 career innings, he’s amassed all of 3.1 wins above replacement. The best season of Ramon Ortiz’s career was also the year he led the league in home runs allowed. For pitchers with 1000+ career major-league innings, he’s arguably among the 50 worst of all time. Anyhow, he pitched in Fresno in 2009, and was surprisingly decent (3.05 ERA in 129 innings).

I don’t think he’ll pitch for the Giants this year. If he does, he probably won’t pitch all that much. Probably. This is just another minor-league contract with an invite to Spring Training. Speaking of which, pitchers and catchers report soon!