Thursday, June 5, 2008
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Brian Giles could be a fit in Boston in the DH spot if David Ortiz is out for an extended amount of time. The Padres will likely hold some sort of fire sale at the deadline, hoping that it will restock their system and prepare them for 2009 and beyond. Giles is having a pretty good year for the Padres batting .299 with 3 HR in 58 games. He is in for another .300 year with 15-20 homeruns, numbers that would help a team in a playoff race. He still has a good arm in the outfield, so I wouldn't rule out several teams making a play for him in the playoff hunt.
The Braves are a potential option. Diaz is expected to miss about two months, so it would make sense for the Braves to bring in a replacement for this season. Giles has 9 million dollar club option for 2009, so a team that trades for him could potentially buy him out. The Mets are also a possibility if options like Xavier Nady or Jason Bay fall through. Omar Minaya and Kevin Towers are familiar with each other when it comes to trades, so something could be worked out there. Other options include the Rays and Twins.