SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ Infielder Jay Canizaro, who is out of options, was put on waivers Wednesday by the San Francisco Giants.

If Canizaro clears waivers, the Giants apparently will send him outright to the minor leagues. He was trying to make the team as a utility player.

``That was a tough cut,'' Giants manager Dusty Baker said. ``He had a great offensive spring. I just wish he had options.''

Canizaro, drafted by the Giants in 1993, hit .364 with four homers, 11 RBIs and a .705 slugging percentage this spring. He apparently lost out to utility infielder Felipe Crespo, signed as a free agent last April and hitting .512 this spring.

``It's one of those cases I wish we had 27 guys,'' Baker said. ``Hopefully, this will help him to get an opportunity somewhere else. I'd rather have him in the big leagues than in the minors and frozen.''

Canizaro appeared in 43 games with the Giants in 1996 and earned a September callup last year. He's appeared in 709 minor league games.

Players can only be optioned to the minors during their first three or four seasons on a 40-man roster, with the extra year going to those players signed to their first pro contract before age 18.