Saturday, August 9, 2008
Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, the big trades are done with and the media found the Red Sox waiver claim of Padres outfielder Brian Giles to be newsworthy this week. The Padres and Red Sox were working on a deal to send the former All-Star, Giles, to the Red Sox before the deal was quashed by the veteran slugger. Giles has a limited no-trade clause in his contract with Boston being one of the teams that he could not go to. I was more than just a little bit surprised to hear that Giles did not accept the trade because he did not want to play a limited role with the club. In his thirteen-year career, he has been in the postseason only once and with his power numbers on severe decline, it does not seem likely that he is fit for a starting role on many teams. Due another 3 or so million dollars for the rest of the 2008 season and a 3 million dollar buyout for the 2009 season, this trade would have cost the Red Sox quite a bit for an insurance policy and depth addition. While I don't really know why the Red Sox were so willing to pay 6 million dollars and players for Giles, who might not give them 100 at-bats down the stretch, it absolutely shows that the Red Sox are still trying to be very agressive to add to their offense down the stretch which should be of note to American League fans.