Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a Nikkan Sports report: the Giants released pitcher Keiichi Yabu. The Giants could re-sign him to a minor league deal. GM Brian Sabean cited Yabu's age, 40, when demoting him earlier this month. Sabean mentioned at the time that he'd attempt to trade Yabu. The righty posted a 3.57 ERA, 6.35 K/9, and 4.2 BB/9 in 68 innings last year.