The Giants on Friday released both reliever Ramon Ramirez and infielder Wilson Valdez, who both had opt-out clauses in their contracts.
Both players had no chance of making the opening day roster, and the Giants reportedly wanted to give both time to be picked up by teams that provided more favorable situations.
According to Andrew Baggarly, the Giants want to re-sign Ramirez to a minor-league deal if he doesn’t catch on elsewhere. Valdez, though, is 35 and likely wants no part of that minor league business.
Valdez’s release also clears the way for 23-year-old Nick Noonan to make his big leagues debut should Tony Abreu not overcome a strained quad by opening day.