CHICAGO -- As much as the Red Sox would have liked depth and protection for their injured players, they are moving after receiving a thumbs down from San Diego outfielder Brian Giles on a deal to Boston. Giles, who had a no-trade clause that included Boston, will be returned to the Padres.
When Giles nixed a chance to go to the Sox today -- before the 1:30 p.m. deadline to make a deal -- the Sox weren't entirely broken up about the situation. While they would have liked to have Giles, a high on-base percentage guy, it was about a 50-50 split between wanting him and blocking him from going to another team (Tampa Bay).
Giles told the Associated Press he was upset that details of the talks became public.
"I didn't know everybody was supposed to know, especially when it wasn't a done deal and it wouldn't go down," Giles said before the Padres opened a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.
The Red Sox had only preliminary talks with San Diego and Kevin Towers about it before Giles said he wasn't interested in being traded. The outfielder is very comfortable in San Diego, and didn't want to leave a good situation, both because he likes the area and because he likes the playing time.
"I signed a three-, possibly four-year deal here. I'm committed to fulfill that contract. If next year doesn't work out with the option, I'll be a free agent and I can choose where I go," Giles said.
The 37-year-old Giles is hitting .295 with 6 homers and 37 RBIs in 103 games this season. Giles, who grew up in the San Diego area, wants to finish his career with the Padres.
"I don't know how many years I have left," he said. "I've had a good time here in San Diego. Like I've preached before, the same games we've been the last couple of years that we've won we haven't won any of those this year. Given our division and how young it is, it's going to be inconsistent for the next two or three years, so I feel there's an opportunity here. Obviously, there are pieces missing and we need to address those pieces.
"I've had a couple of dings this year, but I've been able to take some days off. I know I have a few years left; hopefully it is with San Diego."
The Red Sox are still searching for outfield protection and may not be through scouring the waiver wire for another player who has cleared waivers who might protect them off the bench.
The Padres are doing all they can to dump payroll and seemed to think Boston would have no problem picking up the pro-rated $9 million contract, which would also include a $2 million relocation bonus. His contract has a club option for 2009, which pays him $9 million, or $11 million if he is dealt. There is also a $3 million buyout on the option.
It's all for naught now.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.