Cubs Sign Ramon Ortiz and Doug Davis

The Cubs have signed Ramon Ortiz to a minor league contract according to MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat. The right-hander will report to the team’s Triple-A affiliate and make his first start Monday night.

Ortiz, 38, threw 30 innings for the Dodgers last year (6.30 ERA), his first big league action since 2007. He was designated for assignment in late-May, then moved on to the minor league systems of the Mets and Rays. Ortiz owns a 4.93 ERA in a big league career that has spanned parts of ten seasons, though it’s been almost seven years since he was last a viable MLB starter.

The Cubs are a little thin on pitching at the moment with Andrew Cashner and Randy Wellson the disabled list.”

12:55pm: Davis will earn a $900K pro-rated salary in the Majors, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, with the chance to earn close to $2MM with incentives.

12:21pm: The Cubs have signed Davis, tweets Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.  The lefty will head to extended Spring Training.  Wittenmyer suggests the signing was done to provide “longer-term depth.”

10:39am: The Cubs are close to signing free agent lefty Doug Davis to a minor league deal, MLBTR has learned.  The contract will include some kind of opt-out.  The team is in need of rotation depth given the recent injuries to Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner.  They added Ramon Ortiz on a minor league deal a few days ago.

Davis, 35, made only eight starts with the Brewers last year due to a heart condition andeventual surgery to fix a small tear in the flexor tendon of his elbow.  At his best, Davis can eat up innings and work around the many baserunners he allows.”

These moves are meant to fill Iowa’s rotation and provide organizational depth as the Chicago and Iowa rotations have been hit with injuries and call-ups respectively.

James Russell will pitch today at Houston.  The Cubs are 5-5, the Bulls have clinched the 1st seed and the Blackhawks start their playoffs against Vancouver tomorrow.

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One comment

  1. ronlang44

    I don’t care for the Ortiz signing personally. I think we should let some of our younger players get promoted to Iowa and gain some valuable experience. The signing of Davis is a tough one. I think he may still have something left in the tank. Guess we will find out soon enough.

    Ron

    http://strictlycubsbaseball.mlblogs.com/

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