Russ Ortiz Inks Minor League Deal With Dodgers
According to MLB.com, Big League veteran starting pitcher Russ Ortiz has signed a Minor League contract with the Dodgers that includes an invite to Spring Training. The right-hander has won 113 Major League games throughout his 15-year career, including 21 victories in 2003 when he was a member of the Atlanta Braves. After missing the entire 2008 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Ortiz pitched for three teams last year, Colorado Springs (Rockies), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees), and Houston. In 23 games for the Astros (13 starts), Ortiz went 3-6 with a 5.57 ERA.
This is very similar to what the Dodgers did last year with Jeff Weaver, Shawn Estes, and Eric Milton, who were all invited to Spring Training and all started the season in Albuquerque. While Estes retired before he got a chance to get to L.A. both Weaver and Milton pitched for the Dodgers and helped contribute to Los Angeles’ NL West Title.
L.A. inked a similar deal with outfielder Michael Restovich, who spent last season at Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox organization where he batted .290 with 21 homers. Restovich is a power threat in the same mold as ’09 Isotopes fan favorite Mitch Jones. In six Triple-A seasons throughout his 12-year career (with five clubs: Edmonton, Rochester, Ioiwa, Columbus, and Charlotte), Restovich has averaged 22 home runs.