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.
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