Giants Give Ramon Ortiz A Spring Invitation

RHP Ramon Ortiz signed a minor league deal with the Giants and received an invitation to the team's major league spring camp.

Ortiz, 38, has pitched for the Angels, Reds, Nationals, Twins, Rockies, Dodgers and Cubs in his 11 big-league seasons. He made 22 appearances (two starts) for the Cubs last year, going 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA.

--OF Justin Christian cleared waivers and re-signed with the Giants on a minor league deal. He was invited to the team's big-league spring camp. Christian, 31, played 18 games for the Giants last year and hit .255, his first taste of the majors since a stint with the Yankees in 2008.

--3B Pablo Sandoval seemed free and easy at the Giants' recent fanfest in the wake of his All-Star season. He was the Giants' first All-Star position player since the days of LF Barry Bonds, and now he has a three-year, $17.15 million contract to call his own. It was a huge show of faith by the Giants, who saw the Panda's weight balloon before his aggressive weight-loss program after the 2010 season. Still, manager Bruce Bochy said Sandoval still needs to shed some weight before spring training.

--RHP Matt Cain put his San Francisco home up for sale. Does it mean he was preparing to leave the Giants as a free agent after the 2012 season? Not at all, he said. This isn't the first time he tried to move the property. Back in September 2011, it was listed for $1,950,000. A month later, it dropped to $1,795,000. It was pulled off the market in December, and it's back on the market at the same price -- $255,000 less than the $2,050,000 he bought it for in 2008.

--RHP Brian Wilson will draw much attention when he makes his Cactus League debut after getting shut down in August because of an elbow strain. "Could I have pitched? Yes, but they took the necessary precautions based on that I'm an employee, I'm an investment, and they'd like me to pitch this year and next year, not just last year," Wilson said. The closer can be a free agent after the 2013 season, and he's signed through 2012. The Giants said they're open to extending Wilson's contract, but he must reprove his value first.

--RHP Guillermo Mota and INF Ryan Theriot, who signed with the Giants late in the offseason, were added to the 40-man roster. The Mota transaction was a long time coming. He agreed to terms in December, but he didn't officially return to the Giants until recently, giving the front office time to manipulate the 40-man roster. As for Theriot, he comes from the champion Cardinals after hitting .271 in 132 games.

BY THE NUMBERS: 90 -- Times Giants runners scored from second base on singles last year. It happened 90 of 157 times, 57 percent, ranking 12th in the NL.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "My goal is to have a Gold Glove one day." -- 3B Pablo Sandoval, who was runner-up in NL Gold Glove voting among third basemen in 2011, finishing behind the Phillies' Placido Polanco.

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