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Friday, August 8, 2008

Giles Nixes Sox Deal; will stay with Padres

San Diego Padres right fielder Brian Giles officially exercised his veto power and blocked a waiver deal Friday that would have sent him to the Boston Red Sox. Giles, 37, was claimed on waivers by the Red Sox, and Boston and San Diego had 48 hours to make a deal. But the Red Sox are one of eight teams listed in the limited no-trade provision in his contract, and Giles had the right to veto the deal.
It is not unusual for older players such as Giles to turn down such deals. Among the issues that came up was location -- Giles, who grew up in San Diego, did not want to leave family behind -- and there was the concern about playing time with the Red Sox. The Red Sox and Padres had been hopeful that a deal could be worked out -- Boston wanted Giles because of the offensive depth he would provide, and San Diego could have saved at least $6 million if the All-Star right fielder had accepted the move.

The deadline for a deal to be worked out was 1:30 p.m. ET Friday.
Giles is hitting .296 with a .391 on-base percentage, 61 walks and 44 strikeouts this season.

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