Source: Cubs may sign Ortiz


The Chicago Cubs are interested in offering pitcher Ramon Ortiz a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training camp, according to a major league source.

Ortiz split time between Triple-A Iowa and the Cubs in 2011. He was 1-2 with a 4.36 ERA with Chicago (22 games) and 6-3 with a 4.26 ERA at Iowa (16 games).

Ortiz, 38, had his best year with the Angels in 2002, going 15-9 with a 3.77 ERA for the World Champions that season.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said when he was hired on Oct. 21 that he wanted the pitching staff to go 10 deep in starting pitcher candidates.