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Giants, Ramon Ortiz to Sign Deal

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 05:  Ramon Ortiz #35 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 5, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 05: Ramon Ortiz #35 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants announced that they've invited right-handed pitcher Ramon Ortiz to spring training, which implies they've signed him to a minor league deal.

Ortiz, 39 next month, enters his 12th season as a pro with stints on seven different teams (the Giants will be the 8th). He spent the most time with the Angels, spending 6 seasons between 1999-2004. He has a career 4.93 ERA, averaging 5.6 strikeouts to 3.1 walks per game. If you're looking at value, Ortiz won't help you unless he's paying you -- he's been in negative WAR territory six of the last eight years.