SAN FRANCISCO -- It's been a long road back to where he began for former Giants ace Russ Ortiz.
Ortiz -- a double-digit winner for four seasons in San Francisco, whose stats and pitching velocity had tumbled dramatically over the past two seasons with other clubs -- has rejoined the Giants after signing a one-year contract.
"It's been humbling," said the 32-year-old Ortiz on Tuesday.
The veteran struggled in 2006 with an 0-8 record and a 8.14 ERA for Baltimore and Arizona, but he showed renewed power and accuracy during recent Winter League play in Puerto Rico.
The article doesn't mention how much the Giants are paying Ortiz, but don't worry for Russ—the Diamondbacks will be paying off his $33 million contract through 2008.
UPDATE: $380,000—league minimum.