The Jays keep adding to their herd at Buffalo (see what I just did there), as the club announced this afternoon via team release that they’ve added 39-year-old right-hander Ramon Ortiz and outfielder Ryan Langerhans, both on minor league deals with invites to Spring Training.
Ortiz, as we see above, pitched for the Gary Disarcina-era Angels, debuting back in 1999, peaking in 2001 and ’02, posting a career high 2.6 fWAR in the former, and a career topping 3.77 ERA in the latter. For the Reds and Nationals in 2005 and 2006 he logged 171 and 190 innings in back-to-back seasons… in which he was exactly replacement level for both. He’s pitched 63.1 innings in the Majors since 2007, being half a win below replacement over that span. Hey! But he pitched to a 3.45 ERA (4.10 FIP) for the Yankees’ Triple-A affilliate in Scranton-Wilkes Barre last year.
Langerhans was worth three wins in his rookie year, accounting for the bulk of the 4.5 wins he’s been worth over his nearly 600-game career. He’s posted a .311 wOBA during his time in the Majors, which is better than JP Arencibia can say, but for Langerhans its mostly because of a 13% walk rate, and a couple of good seasons before completely falling off the map.
Shi Davidi tweets that the Jays have also signed all-glove infielder Lance Zawadzki. Or at least, I’m pretty sure he’s an all-glove guy, because he sure as shit doesn’t have a bat: the 2007 Padres fourth-rounder has posted a .627 OPS in over 200 games at Triple-A. So… yeah.
Earlier in the week, it turns out, the Jays added a few more minor leaguers as well– with the press release appearing to come via the Buffalo Bisons. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News tells us that righties Buddy Carlyle and Chorye Spoone (no, really) and lefty Greg Smith have also been added to the minor league roster.
Smith, a soft-tossing lefty, started 21 games in the PCL for the Angels’ affiliate at Salt Lake, posting a 3.97 ERA and 4.58 FIP, but you probably remember him from the 2008 A’s, for whom he made 32 starts. He somehow survived that year despite atrocious splits against right-handers and on the road– and not particularly good numbers otherwise, either.
Carlyle had a decent year in relief for the 2008 Braves, and somehow kept his job– posting a career high in innings, 107, despite being fucking terrible– the year previous. He has only pitched 7.2 innings in the Majors since 2009, but was decent as a reliever at Triple-A Gwinnett, back in the Braves’ system after turns with the Yankees and in Japan, posting a 3.43 ERA and 2.73 FIP in 33 appearances, most of them multi-inning. In addition to the Yankees (twice), Braves (twice), and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, he’s played for the Marlins, Dodgers, Royals, Hanshin Tigers, Padres, and Reds.
Spoone is a 27-year-old former Orioles 37th rounder who found some success last year with New Hampshire, pitching to a 3.18 ERA over 16 relief appearances (4.57 FIP).
Uh… yeah. Your 2013 Buffalo Bisons!