Dodgers Sign Brian Giles

The Dodgers signed outfielder Brian Giles to a minor league deal, reports MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.  In a pair of tweets, ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Giles would get a $550K base salary with another $200K in performance bonuses. If the Dodgers aren't going to keep him on the roster at the end of Spring Training, he can ask for his release.  Giles will compete for a fifth outfielder or pinch-hitter role.

Giles, 39, hit .191/.277/.271 in 253 plate appearances for the Padres last year, struggling defensively as well.  His season ended in June with a knee injury.  Giles had a strong season in 2008 - his .398 OBP ranked sixth in the league.  Former Padres GM Kevin Towers picked up his $9MM option for '09, despite the outfielder's off-the-field concerns.

Interesting note from Gurnick – "Giles nearly was general manager Ned Colletti's first acquisition after he took over the Dodgers in the winter of 2005, but the San Diego native re-signed with the Padres and Colletti turned to shortstop Rafael Furcal."  This time around Giles reportedly drew interest from eight to ten teams, including the Yankees and Reds.


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78 Comments on "Dodgers Sign Brian Giles"


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5 years 5 months ago

Awful on defense and offense.
Dodgers could and should have done better.

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josesimon
5 years 5 months ago

we r taking shots on cheap guys who r low risk/high reward which is exactly what we should be doing-and besides brian giles can be bigger power threat off the bench for us then brad ausmus doug mientkiewicz jamey carroll and reed johnson combined!-a power bat off the bench is a need and we r taking a shot!-dodgers are having a good month and i want wang next!

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unclepennant
5 years 4 months ago

Giles might be a great pickup for a pinch hitter. He can draw a walk, and still does not strike out easily. I don’t think we were looking for another outfielder actually… We may have scored a good PH for 2010 here. I like the signing.

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unclepennant
5 years 4 months ago

Giles might be a great pickup for a pinch hitter. He can draw a walk, and still does not strike out easily. I don’t think we were looking for another outfielder actually… We may have scored a good PH for 2010 here. I like the signing.

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oscarrobles
5 years 5 months ago

On Glebb’s note, he also has a miserable OBP.

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formerdraftpick
5 years 5 months ago

Why?

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besttradever
5 years 5 months ago

Wow. Probably now the Padres are going to use Hairston and Hairston JR. in the outfield and will deal with saved money to sign a RF,CF, or LF.

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bbxxj
5 years 5 months ago

I’m not sure what your point is. Giles was never going to come back to SD anyways so it’s not like there is any ‘money saved’.

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Guest
5 years 5 months ago

yeah. I agree when did the Padres trade him to the Dodgers? Never. But this is actually an Interesting signing because Brian Giles had one bad year; 2009, and if he can prove health, he can be a valuable pinch hitter. I don’t see him playing in the field due to his defense and the recent Reed Johnson signing (Reed Johnson is the 4th outfielder), but I suppose his playing time will come when the Dodgers face AL teams in the AL ballpark (as a DH) and Pinch Hitting Primarily. Possibly a 5th Outfielder but that is what Alfredo Amezaga is for. Still, a good signing though. I love the signing.

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oscarrobles
5 years 5 months ago

Padres are done until Spring Training.