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Giants Sign Ramon Ortiz Again

Now Ramon Ortiz is tied with Russ on the Giants' all-time reacquired Ortiz list. This was unexpected.

Of course, Ramon Ortiz has never started a game for the San Francisco Giants. He started 16 games for the Fresno Grizzlies in 2009 and bounced around three different organizations after that. He'll be 39 in March, but he's still putting up decent K/BB ratios in AAA, so he's not ready to retire just yet. That's commendable, in a way. There will be a lot of time to not pitch, so keep going for it as long as you have teams offering contracts. Or maybe he just likes Fresno. It's possible.

Even in his prime, Ortiz wasn't much. He had a nice season in 2002 -- of course he did -- but after that he was average at best, pretty bad at his worst. So this is probably non-news.

But this story goes on the front page for one reason: Ryan Vogelsong. When Vogelsong was signed, I didn't even make former-Giants-prospect jokes. I just ignored it because there wasn't any way he was going to make a difference in 2011. I learned my lesson.

So this is a story about Ramon Ortiz, who will end up leading the 2012 Giants starters in ERA. You read it here first. Note that my powers to edit a post never go away, so I can tidy this up later. All screenshots are obviously doctored. I can tell by the pixels and from seeing a few character-assassination attempts in my time.