SF Giants Rumors: Spring Cuts, Gaudin Wins Job, Sandoval, Noonan, Pill, Etc.

Sandoval-WeightsLast Friday reliever Ramon Ramirez and infielder Wilson Valdez were given their releases. On Sunday reliever Dan Runzler was optioned to Fresno. He was having a strong spring, but his last few outings went downhill.

Chad Gaudin has had his contract purchased and has been added to the San Francisco Giants Major League roster. This means he’s officially made the team.

Pablo Sandoval is determined to be ready to go on Opening Day. However, if he starts the season on the DL, the Giants could bring him back as soon as the 5th game if he stays out of Cactus games, says Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).

Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says (via Twitter) the Giants are looking for a backup infielder, but he’s not sure they’ll be able to find anyone better than Nick Noonan. Noonan has been swinging a hot bat lately and has caught the attention of the Giants coaching staff.

In another Baggarly tweet, he says Brett Pill is taking ground balls, and will continue to hit off a tee. Pill should be fully cleared and ready to play in 10 days or so. Pill is coming off a knee surgery.

Giants Beat Writer Chris Haft of MLB.com says (via Twitter) the Yankees have claimed RHP Dan Otero off waivers from the Giants. This now clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the Giants.

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