The Giants have agreed to a one-year deal with right-handed reliever Ramon Ramirez in an odd twist that unites all three players involved in a previous trade with the New York Mets.
The Ramirez signing was first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
On Dec. 7, 2011, the Giants sent Ramirez and outfielder Andres Torres to the Mets for outfielder Angel Pagan. Now all three players are with the Giants.
Ramirez, 31, was an effective set-up reliever in his year-plus with the Giants. He was 4-3 with a 2.07 ERA and compiled five of his career nine saves with San Francisco. He initially came to the Giants in July, 2010, in a trade with the Boston Red Sox and helped them win the World Series.
Ramirez struggled last season in New York, going 3-4 with a 4.24 ERA. He has a lifetime ERA of 3.32.
According to Comcast Sports Net, the Ramirez deal will be a minor-league contract, meaning the pitcher will not come to spring training as a member of the 40-man roster.