Ortiz back for another year with Braves

Updated: November 3, 2003, 8:09 PM ET

ATLANTA -- All-Star pitcher Russ Ortiz will be back with the Atlanta Braves for another season.

The Braves exercised an option Monday for a second year on Ortiz, who led the National League last season with a career-high 21 wins.

Acquired from San Francisco last offseason for left-hander Damian Moss and a minor leaguer, Ortiz was 21-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 34 starts for Atlanta.

Ortiz, 29, earned $4.6 million in 2003, and the club option was for $5.7 million in 2004. He can become a free agent after that.

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