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The San Francisco Giants have released infielder Wilson Valdez and right-hander Ramon Ramirez.
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Both Valdez and Ramirez had opt-out clauses in their contracts, requiring the Giants to make a call on them now, according to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area. Baggarly notes that San Francisco would like to re-sign Ramirez to a minor league contract if he doesn't find a better opportunity elsewhere.
Valdez was one of several players fighting for a reserve infielder role with the Giants. The 34-year-old spent the 2012 season with the Cincinnati Reds, hitting .206/.236/.227 with four doubles while manning second and third base, shortstop and center field.
Ramirez was an effective reliever for the Giants from 2010-11, maintaining an ERA of 2.07 over 91 appearances. San Francisco traded the right-hander to the New York Mets last offseason along with Andres Torres for Angel Pagan. He then signed a minor league deal with the Giants in February.
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