Giles Gets Minor League Contract

By / January 7, 2009 / Hot Stove reports the Philadelphia Phillies have signed former San Diego Padres second baseman Marcus Giles to a minor league contract worth $600,000.

He is invited to Spring Training where he will compete for a spot on the 25-man roster. Should he make it, he will more than likely be the backup to Chase Utley who is recovering from hip surgery and is not set to return until May or June.

Giles has not played since 2007 when he hit only .229 with four home runs and 39 RBI’s in 115 games for the San Diego Padres.

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Ed Leyro

I remember when Chase Utley came up to the Philthies, I thought of him as the next Marcus Giles. Utley has since become the best offensive second baseman in the league (by offensive, I mean every definition of the word) and Giles disappeared off the baseball map. He’s worth a flyer at the salary he was given to try to resuscitate his career.


Giles is done! I agree ED. Utley is the best offensive second basemen in the league. What a good hitter. Scares me more than any other Philly.


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