Giants release Rene Rivera who had been competing to be backup catcher

The Giants released veteran backstop Rene Rivera on Saturday.

Rivera, 35, had been competing with Aramis Garcia and Cameron Rupp to serve as the backup to Buster Posey this season.

A year ago Rivera split time between the Angels and Braves compiling a .233 batting average and four home runs across 33 games. Given that Rivera will only cost a minor league deal, there figures to be plenty of teams willing to stash him at the Triple-A level this year.

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