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Aaron Rowand, Miguel Tejada go on release waivers

Ryan Doumit, Aaron Rowand

San Francisco Giants’ Aaron Rowand (33) hits a two-run double off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens in the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Thursday, April 28, 2011. Catching is Pirates’ Ryan Doumit. The Giants won 5-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Giants weren’t able to trade Aaron Rowand or Miguel Tejada after designating both for assignment. The pair were placed on release waivers Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports.

Both players figure to become free agents Monday, allowing them to sign with teams. There may not be any demand for Tejada at all, but Rowand is sure to get several calls. That’s partly because Rowand will merely have to be paid the minimum next year, with the Giants on the hook for the remaining $11.6 million of his $12 million salary.

There’s already been some speculation that the Phillies will bring Rowand back. They could use a true backup center fielder, and Rowand has warm memories from his time in Philly. However, Rowand might be able to find a bigger role. The Phillies already have a fine fourth outfielder for this year and next in John Mayberry Jr., and Rowand would really only be useful to the team when Shane Victorino is hurt.

Of course, neither player will be eligible for the postseason this season. The Giants saw to that when they waited as long as they did to cut bait.