Well, they clearly saw some value in him. enough so that, when the Twins claimed Ortega on waivers, they designated Blayne Enlow for assignment. Enlow was - at one time - one of the Twins' top pitching prospects, but he's had some injury problems and struggled after returning to the the mound. Enlow was not claimed and will be in the Twins' minor-league system this season.
Ortega, 26, appeared in 27 games for the Angels last season and pitched to the tune of a 3.71 ERA across 34 innings, striking out 33. He had 35 combined relief appearances in two seasons with Los Angeles.
I think it's that old story of the Twins seeing a guy with some talent - but some clear flaws - and thinking that they can "fix" him. a lot of these reclamation projects have not panned out. we'll see if this guy amounts to anything. considering some of the mutts the Twins have tried in the pen, Ortega probably can't be much worse. If nothing else, he's a body for St. Paul.