Ramon Ramirez returns to Giants on minor-league contract 

click to enlarge Ramon Ramirez could start his second stint with the Giants if he makes the team out of camp this spring. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • Ramon Ramirez could start his second stint with the Giants if he makes the team out of camp this spring.

Reliever Ramon Ramirez agreed on a minor-league contract with the Giants, returning to the team he helped to win the 2010 World Series.

Bobby Evans, vice president of baseball operations, said Tuesday the right-hander is a nonroster invitee to spring training. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz., next Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Ramirez, who spent 2010-11 with the Giants, went 3-4 with a 4.24 in 58 outings last season for the New York Mets. His ERA was 112th among 135 big-league relievers with at least 50 innings pitched. Ramirez was part of the New York bullpen that had a 4.63 ERA, 29th among the 30 teams and ahead of only Milwaukee (4.66).

Also, manager Bruce Bochy said his son, Brett, has received a spring training invite with the Giants. Brett Bochy is a right-hander in the team’s minor-league system.

Zito, Sandoval reap honors: On one day, the Giants had two big winners — two players who were instrumental in the 2012 postseason but no-shows in the 2010 postseason.

In Caracas, Pablo Sandoval was receiving an MVP award for leading his team, the Navegantes del Magallanes, to the championship of the Venezuelan series with a homer and two doubles.

In Seattle, Barry Zito was receiving the 48th Hutch Award, given to a player who “exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication” of Seattle native Fred Hutchinson, who played and managed in the majors.

So Sandoval has back-to-back MVPs, including his World Series MVP, and Zito was honored again for his humanitarian work.

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