The deal to the former All-Star second baseman is worth $600,000 and includes a July 1 opt out, according to a report in the Denver Post.
Beerleaguer: It’s fitting that this report was filed while I was having dinner with my parents. Back when my stepfather and I competed in fantasy baseball, Marcus Giles was an integral part of some winning rosters and we spent entire summer evenings discussing Giles and other stars, deciding how high we’d select each of them in the draft. As high as the second or third round for Giles in certain formats, we reasoned, because of the position. I can't remember which one of us had him last, but I recall one of us holding on to him until the bitter end in '06, hoping he'd recapture the magic. Check out the lines:
2003 – 25 - .316/.390/.526 - 136 OPS+ - 145 G
2004 – 26 - .311/.378/.443 - 111 OPS+ - 102 G
2005 – 27 - .291/.365/.461 - 114 OPS+ - 152 G
2006 – 28 - .262/.341/.387 - 87 OPS+ - 141 G
2007 – 29 - .229/.304/.317 - 68 OPS+ - 116 G
2008 – 30 - Signed by COL. Did not play.
The writing was already on the wall when the Braves said see yah with a no-nonsense non-tender after ’06. He was even worse for the Pads in ’07 and was released; that line for 2007 was actually inflated by a hot April. Then he couldn’t break camp with Colorado last March.
I don’t see much hope here; he's had crazy injury problems, but Philadelphia is a good spot for the 31- year-old to put his foot in the door. If Chase Utley isn’t fully recovered from hip surgery, there will be an opportunity, and there’s also a little room on the bench for bats from the right side. From the Phils’ end, the signing and structure suggests they like what they see from Utley’s progress, but aren't completely convinced.
Oh, and in other news, the Phillies signed Chan Ho Park again.