Ramon Ortiz Heads To Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins and Ramon Ortiz have agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million deal, contingent upon a passed physical.

The 33-year-old right-hander has started at least 30 games in five of his last six seasons, his best season coming in 2002 when he helped the Angels win their first World Series by going 15-9, including a 6-0 record in his final nine starts, with a 3.77 ERA.

The Twins are hoping Ortiz will fill at least part of the large void left in their starting rotation by the absence of Francisco Liriano due to Tommy John surgery and the retirement of Brad Radke.

Ramon would join reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, Carlos Silva, Boof Bonser and possibly Sidney Ponson, if his contract is guaranteed after spring training. Young guns Matt Garza and Glen Perkins are two other options the team has, but they would like to have some veteran help, which Ortiz offers despite his scrawny frame.

[Star Tribune]


Megan said...

Ramon Ortiz, eh.
I'm just ready for the season to start so I can find out if any of these interesting pitchers we have signed/invited to spring training will do us any good. Haha.
Or else I'm just having a total baseball withdrawal.

TwinsFest is in only four days.. TwinsFest is in only four days.. TwinsFest is in only four days....

Megan said...

Oh. A little late, but welcome Lizzy!

Sooze said...

I know! I'm super excited to go.

Maryland Orioles' Fan said...

Ramon Ortiz should be okay for you all - he has a real good year in Anaheim a few seasons ago.

Although his numbers is Washington were sub-par, he'll be decent when he's on. He showed flashes of brilliance, but looked at other times, well, like an average run-on-the mill pitcher.