SoftBank Picks Up Ortiz

» 19 April 2009 » In npb »

It’s not Dallas McPherson, but SoftBank has acquired a bat. The Hawks have signed former Chiba Lotte Marine and Orix Blue Wave Jose Ortiz to a one year, $500k deal. Ortiz had been tearing up the Mexican League (.412, 7 hr in 68 ab), and has a track record of solid play in NPB, so this looks like a good move by the Hawks.

Ortiz will be available for game duty from the 28th.

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  1. Patrick
    19/04/2009 at 6:58 pm Permalink

    The SF Giants signed McPherson about a week ago. It was a nice idea, but I think he was too highly touted with the Angels for him to have to reach out to Japan. If he bombs with the Giants, then maybe.

  2. Patrick
    19/04/2009 at 7:57 pm Permalink

    I actually posted the McPherson signing in Japanese when it happened. I neglected to mention it in English as I figure most people who read this blog would have seen it somewhere else.

    Jose Ortiz was a highly regarded prospect with the A’s too, though probably not to the extent that McPherson was. McPherson definitely got a lot of attention because the Angels system was so deep back then.