|Toronto Blue Jays — No. 34|
May 23, 1973 |
Cotuí, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|MLB: August 19, 1999 for the Anaheim Angels|
|NPB: May 2, 2008 for the Orix Buffaloes|
(through May 15, 2013)
|Earned run average||4.90|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ramón Diógenes Ortiz (born May 23, 1973) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. He has previously pitched in Major League Baseball for the Anaheim Angels, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs as well as the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball.
Professional career 
Anaheim Angels 
Ortiz was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Anaheim Angels in 1995. He made his Major League debut on August 19, 1999, when he started for the Angels against the Chicago White Sox. He pitched eight innings, allowing four hits and one run to pick up the victory. His best season was 2002, when he went 15-9 with a 3.77 ERA for the Angels. He earned the win in Game 3 of the 2002 World Series against the San Francisco Giants. In 2003, he set a career high with 16 victories.
Ramon Ortiz earned an estimated of $20.5 million, signing six contracts throughout his career, each for less than 6.1 million dollars.
Cincinnati Reds 
Washington Nationals 
Ortiz signed with the Washington Nationals as a free agent prior to the 2006 season. On September 4, 2006, he took a no-hitter into the 9th inning against the Cardinals before having it broken up by the first batter in the 9th, Aaron Miles. Ortiz also hit his first career home run in the same game. It was a solo shot off of St. Louis reliever Jorge Sosa. Ortiz was three outs away from becoming the third no-hit pitcher in Major League Baseball who had homered in the same game, joining Earl Wilson (1962) and Rick Wise (1971).
Minnesota Twins 
On January 19, 2007, Ortiz signed with the Minnesota Twins for a one-year deal worth $3.1 million dollars. Ortiz began the season as the third starter, behind Johan Santana and Boof Bonser and ahead of Sidney Ponson and Carlos Silva. However, after a disappointing start to the season, Ortiz was moved to the bullpen.
Colorado Rockies 
On August 15, 2007, Ortiz was traded to the Colorado Rockies in return for minor leaguer Matt Macri. He appeared in relief in 10 games for the Rockies and then became a free agent following the season.
Orix Buffaloes 
San Francisco Giants 
On February 10, 2009, Ortiz signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the San Francisco Giants. He spent the season with the AAA Fresno Grizzlies, going 5-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 35 games (16 starts).
Los Angeles Dodgers 
He signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2010 season, with an invitation to spring training. After good performances in spring training games, Ortiz was added to the Dodgers Major League roster to start the season. He picked up his first win since 2007 with a relief performance on May 1. On May 15, 2010 Ortiz started for the Dodgers against the San Diego Padres, his first major league start since May 26, 2007. He was designated for assignment on May 27, and on June 3, he was released.
New York Mets 
Ortiz signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on June 22. Ortiz pitched well for the Mets' Triple A affiliate, posting a 3.94 ERA with 6.0 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9 in Buffalo.
Tampa Bay Rays 
Chicago Cubs 
On April 10, 2011, the Chicago Cubs signed Ortiz to a minor league deal. He had his contract purchased by the Cubs on July 5. He appeared in 22 games for the Cubs going 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA. He was granted free agency on October 30.
San Francisco Giants 
Ortiz signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on February 15, 2012. He also received an invitation to spring training. However he was released on March 26.
New York Yankees 
Toronto Blue Jays 
On December 18, 2012, The Toronto Blue Jays announced that Ortiz had been signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. On April 15, the Blue Jays selected his contract from the Buffalo Bisons. Ortiz was designated for assignment on April 23 to make room for Aaron Laffey on the roster. Ortiz cleared waivers, and returned to the Buffalo Bisons on April 25. Ortiz was brought up to the Blue Jays on May 9.
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- Thesier, Kelly (2007-05-28). "Notes: Ortiz moved to bullpen Right-hander is 3-4 with a 5.75 ERA this season". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
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- "Jays promote Bisons Ortiz". bisons.com. April 15, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
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- "Bisons split twinbill with PawSox". April 25, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
- Lott, Joh (May 9, 2013). "Blue Jays option Ricky Romero to Buffalo". Retrieved May 9, 2013.
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