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Giants release Ramon Ramirez and Wilson Valdez

Ramon Ramirez

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez throws against the Florida Marlins during an baseball game in Miami, Sunday, Aug 14, 2011. The Giants won 5-2. (AP Photo/Steve Mitchell)

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San Francisco released a pair of players who had opt-out clauses in their minor-league contracts, cutting loose reliever Ramon Ramirez and infielder Wilson Valdez.

Valdez is a pretty typical utility infielder--although for a brief, hilarious time some Phillies fans loved him--but Ramirez has actually been a solid reliever with a 3.32 ERA in 438 career innings through age 30. He struggled with the Mets last season, but a lot of teams could do a lot worse in a middle relief gig.

Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants would like to re-sign Ramirez to a minor-league deal that doesn’t contain an opt-out clause if he can’t find a better situation elsewhere.