Yankees sign Ramon Ortiz

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Via Jon Heyman and Marc Carig, the Yankees have signed right-hander Ramon Ortiz to a minor league contract. The 38-year-old actually got some big league time with the Cubs last summer, pitching to a 4.86 FIP in 33.1 IP. Ortiz was in camp with the Giants this spring, and apparently he was throwing the ball reasonably well. The Yankees needed someone to replace David Phelps in the Triple-A rotation — Manny Delcarmen is scheduled to start Opening Day tomorrow — which is what Ortiz will do.

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Open Thread: 4/4 Camp Notes
Yankees open season with lowest payroll since 2007
  • Nick

    so Ortiz will start opening day?

  • Ac

    AAA buddy not majors.

    • Nick

      i did mean AAA

  • LiterallyFigurative

    (Shoulder shrug)

    Eh.

  • jack knife

    This is FN joke. How many more old men are we going to sign Unbelievable

    • Havok9120

      Dude. It only happened because a guy got moved up and they need a starter. Unless you’ve got some dark horse stud in AA being blocked who’s totally ready for AAA?

      • Typical MIT Nerd

        Why not Shaeffer Hall? He finished 2011 in AAA and he’s old for AA.

        • Steve (different one)

          Keeping in mind that A to AA is the biggest jump, who then replaces Hall?

          They did not sign Ortiz and stick him in the majors. They promoted Phelps and signed Ortiz to backfill. The first would have been worth complaining about, the second is complaining just to have something to complain about.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I thought we were supposed to become more knowledgable at this baseball thing as time wore on.

  • bpdelia

    Why would this bother you so much????? He was signed to fill out the aaa roster. I don’t get why the hell anyone would react with anything other than indifference to mild interest.

  • pistol pete

    You never know, a year ago the Yanks were especially deep at catcher with Martin, Cervelli, Montero, Romaine and Posada in an emergency. Fast forward to 2012 and the Yanks need to trade a live bullpen arm for Stewart to back up. Are you kidding me. Montero is gone, traded for Pineda who unfortunately got hurt, Romaine is hurt, Posada retired and all of a sudden Cash thinks he needs to move a pitcher for a guy who has done absolutely nothing in his pro career. They must think a lot of Cervelli.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Romaine does bruise easily, which is why I tend to stick with a nice spinach salad.

      • Havok9120

        Buh dum pishhhh

        • Robinson Tilapia

          That is the best phonetic approximation of a drum/snare I’ve ever seen.

  • jack knife

    if u are going to consider Hall then consider Romanski or Heyer or Stoneburner A 38 yr old guy why dig up another fossil