On Monday, the Giants designated for assignment pitchers Brian Cooper and Matt Kinney, outfielders Doug Clark, Julio Ramirez and Adam Shabala, and catcher Yamid Haad. By designating them for assignment, the Giants removed them from their 40 Man Roster and reassigned them to minor league teams, and the players have the option of accepting the designations or rejecting them and becoming free agents. Cooper has rejected his designations.
By removing them from the 40 Man Roster, the Giants freed those spots for other prospects or acquisitions, the most pressing need of which will be protecting prospects eligible to be drafted by other teams in the upcoming Rule V draft at the Winter GM meetings in November. The move leaves the Giants with 34 spots on the 40 Man Roster occupied, with 4 impending free agents likely to come off of it as well when free agents file after the end of the postseason.
Cooper, 31, spent his 2nd year with the Giants in 2005. He was 0-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 8 games this year. Over his career, he has a 5.80 ERA with a 5-14 record in 6 major league seasons. Kinney, 28, was in his first year with the Giants after signing as a minor league free agent. He had a 2-0 record 6.00 ERA in 5 games with the Giants in 2005. His career record is 19-27 with a 5.29 ERA.
Clark, 29, made his major league debut with the Giants in 2005 after 8 years in the system. He didnt get a hit in 5 at-bats over 8 games, but he did score 2 runs on the year. In Fresno, he hit .316 with 13 home runs and 29 stolen bases. Shabala, 27, also made his major league debut with the Giants in 2005, after 5 seasons in the minors. Shabala hit .273 with 14 home runs and 10 stolen bases in Fresno in 2005, and went 3 for 15 in the majors. Ramirez, 28, signed with the Giants in 2005 as a minor league free agent. He hit .241 with 23 home runs in Fresno, and was 1 for 4 with the Giants. He has hit .167 in 96 total major league at bats over 5 seasons in the bigs.
Haad, 28, had previously appeared in the majors for 1 game with the Pirates in 1999, but had not appeared in the bigs again until the Giants called him up in 2005. He signed with San Francisco as a minor league free agent, and hit .282 with 10 home runs in Fresno before going 2 for 28 with the Giants.
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