THURSDAY, 1:45pm: Not so fast. Miller has an update to his initial report below, which came from Marcus’ brother Brian. Marcus’ agent is now saying that Brian was misinformed – they never finalized anything with the Dodgers and he’s not playing for them, after all.
THURSDAY, 8:14am: Scott Miller says Giles will report to Triple A for the Dodgers, after all. The Dodgers still seem to have some interest in Wes Helms though.
TUESDAY: Tony Jackson of the L.A. Daily News chronicles the odd tale of the Dodgers’ near-signing of infielder Marcus Giles. Apparently an agreement was reached but Giles changed his mind on the drive over to Cashman Field in Las Vegas. He was to re-acquaint himself with third base at Triple A before joining the Dodgers.
Jackson notes that this Giles debacle caused Ned Colletti to miss out on two available role players, one of which was Alex Cintron. A commenter on Jackson’s blog suggested Scott Spiezio was the other; not a bad guess. Seems possible that Giles might retire; he turns 30 in May.