Giants Release OF Roberts

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have released
veteran outfielder Dave Roberts, a surprise move that could cost
them $6.5 million this season.

The 36-year-old Roberts signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Giants in 2007, but has played only 166 games in his first two seasons because of elbow and knee injuries.

He entered camp this spring as the fifth outfielder behind starters Fred Lewis, Aaron Rowand and Randy Winn, and young prospect Nate Schierholtz.

A team that signs Roberts off of waivers would owe him the major league minimum of $400,000, with the Giants liable for the remaining $6.1 million.