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02/10/09 7:50 PM EST

Giants add Ortiz to bullpen competition

Right-hander signs Minor League deal with invitation to camp

SAN FRANCISCO -- Though their Spring Training roster is already bulging with pitchers, the Giants announced Tuesday that they signed right-hander Ramon Ortiz to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp.

Vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said that Ortiz, 35, will join the competition for a bullpen role. Ortiz was primarily a starter during nine Major League seasons with Anaheim (1999-2004), Cincinnati (2005), Washington (2006) and Minnesota and Colorado (2007). He owns an 84-80 record with a 4.90 ERA in 258 career appearances, including 210 starts.

Ortiz pitched in Japan for the Orix Buffaloes last year, finishing 4-7 with a 5.82 ERA in 17 starts. He also went 1-2, 6.88 in four outings for Licey in the Dominican Winter League this offseason.

Ortiz peaked between 2001-03, when he went 44-33 for Anaheim. He defeated the Giants in Game 3 of the 2002 World Series in San Francisco, allowing four runs in five innings in a 10-4 Angels triumph. That was his lone Fall Classic appearance.

Ortiz becomes the fourth non-roster righty with Major League experience to be invited to Spring Training, joining Francis Beltran, Brandon Medders and Justin Miller. Aside from closer Brian Wilson and projected setup man Bob Howry, who are certain to make the Opening Day squad, right-handed candidates for bullpen spots on the 40-man roster include Osiris Matos, Luis Perdomo, Kelvin Pichardo, Sergio Romo, Billy Sadler, Merkin Valdez and Keiichi Yabu.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.