Former Giants relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez has signed a deal to return to the Giants via a minor league contract, after spending last season with the Mets. He's a non-roster invitee to spring training, which starts next Tuesday for pitchers and catchers in Scottsdale, Arizona. Also coming to training this year will be coach Bruce Bochy's 25-year-old son Brett, a right-hander who was drafted into the Giants' minor league system in 2010.
Ramirez is expected to take the last slot in the Giants bullpen by the end of spring training, though he will be sent to the minors (or go elsewhere) if he doesn't. The 31-year-old of course helped the Giants with their 2010 World Series victory, and he went 3-4 with a 4.24 in 58 outings last season for the Mets.
Brett Bochy has only come out of the bullpen a couple of times during training in the last two seasons, and has otherwise spent the last two years pitching for the Richmond Flying Squirrels and the Augusta GreenJackets. He will have to earn his place on the team, perhaps at the expense of Ramirez.