Tony Abreu and Mitch Lively opt-out of minor league contracts with the San Francisco Giants

By Denise Walos

Sep 29, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Tony Abreu (10) scores a run against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Second baseman Tony Abreu and RHP Mitch Lively have both opted out of their contracts with the Giants in Triple-A Fresno, making them both free agents and clearing spots on Fresno’s roster for recently acquired second baseman Dan Uggla from the Braves and RHP Mitchell Boggs from the White Sox.

The Giants put Abreu on release waivers after spring training on March 23, 2014, even though Scutaro only played two innings in the spring. Abreu cleared waivers and signed a minor league contract with the Giants (who then were only responsible for 1/4 of his $750,000 contract) shortly after. He’s spent the entire season in Triple-A Fresno. At the time, Brandon Hicks was ranked third in the Cactus League with a .432 batting average. He was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers October 17, 2002 as an amateur free agent and top prospect but has had chronic knee injuries.

The 28-year old Lively opted out of his contract back on July 17 and was signed by the Nationals and assigned to AAA Syracuse.  This season in Fresno, he went 6-4 with a 5.08 ERA. Lively was was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 16th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft from California State University Sacramento.