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Dodgers agree to terms with Brian Giles

Feb 7, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

giles swinging.JPGUPDATE: ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that Giles will earn $500,000 if he lands on the big league roster.  The contract also contains another $200,000 worth of performance-based bonuses.

9:18am: According to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers have signed outfielder Brian Giles to a minor league contract.

Included in the deal is an invitation to spring training, though it’s no sure bet that Giles will crack the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster.  The club already has outfielders Jason Repko, Xavier Paul and Reed Johnson headed to spring camp and Giles might just be the least valuable of the bunch.  The 39-year-old left-handed swinger batted just .191/.277/.271 in 225 at-bats with the Padres last year.  He was limited to 61 games due to a knee contusion and remains a major injury risk heading into the 2010 season.

Oh, and if you’re keeping score at home, Giles is also a poor defensive outfielder.

  1. dave - Feb 7, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Giles wad doing what almost every player will do. Sign. And why not? If baseball will pay this much money for a has been and cling on why not sign. Has a better chance then winning a lottery. Hell for $700,000 it will be worth it. If he does not make the team , he will go home. He is not riding the bus.

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 7, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    With Frank McCourt throwing nickels around like manhole covers (to borrow Mike Ditka’s line about George Halas), why waste any money on a has-been like Giles? He was a fine player in his day, but that day is long past, plus he’s a scumbag as a person. The Dodgers would be just fine with Johnson as the 4th OF and either Repko or Paul as #5.

  3. paul from DC - Feb 7, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Why waste Giles time and the Dodgers. GimmeSomeSteel is absolutely corrct. The LAD have six outfielders. And Johnson, Repko or Paul are perfect to fit in the # 4 & 5 slots. The GM should spend his time looking for some more pitching. We love Joe T. but he uses up pitching like no one else in baseball.

  4. rje49 - Feb 7, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Re: “Poor defensive outfielder”; ever notice that during this offseason, nearly every outfielder has been described this way? I never heard a complaint about Jason Bay’s outfield play until he became a free agent, but then it became a liability and cause for concern. Similarly, we Sox fans think Jacoby Ellsbury is a good, fast, centerfielder. But now he’s suddenly called a poor fielder, so this year he will use his speed in the world’s smallest left field.

  5. BIGBRUCE11047 - Feb 7, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    I think Brian Giles signing with the Dodgers is somewhat a surprise to me. I am a avid Dodger fan and have been since the team moved to Los Angeles for the 1958 season. The outfield is, of should be, set with Manny Ramirez in left, Matt Kemp in center and Andre Ethier in right. Brian Giles could be a good bat coming off the bench as a pinch hitter but that’s about it.

  6. Old Gator - Feb 8, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    Perhaps a better title for this blog would have been Giles Submits to Dodgers’ Humiliating yet Merciful Terms, don’t you think?

  7. Ryan - Feb 8, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    That’s the truth. I wonder if he still has to pay that 1 million dollar donation.

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