The Mets have spent the last few weeks bending over backwards to get rid of their dead wood arms in Oliver Perez and John Maine, so it’s rather funny that they’d go out and sign a guy who’s been about as effective as Oliver Perez and John Maine this year. That’s what they did, though: they’ve signed Ramon Ortiz to a minor league deal.
Ortiz, who was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last month after posting a 6.30 ERA, hasn’t been worth a diddly durn for years, and it’s an open question if he was even worth a diddly durn back in the day. Before this year he spent the last two in AAA and in Japan. He was passable for Fresno last season, but he couldn’t really get anyone out playing for the Orix Blue Wave in 2008.
The only real justification I can see for the move is that the Mets are concerned that one of their minor league teams have been exposed to Legionnaires Disease and they need fresh bodies to avoid a string of forfeits.