December 13, 2006

Giles intrigues Mets

Jim Baumbach at Newsday, writes about Marcus Giles and how the Mets may be interested:

The Braves' decision to not offer Marcus Giles a contract by Tuesday night's midnight deadline and make him a free agent opened a potentially intriguing door for the Mets.

Jose Valentin already is signed for $3.8 million next year, but the Mets still appear to be open to upgrading there, and landing Giles would represent exactly that.

The Braves have been shopping Giles all winter, and they came close to shipping him to the Orioles. Even though Giles slumped last season with his lowest average (.262) and on-base percentage (.341) in four seasons, he still probably would have received a raise in arbitration.

Bick said Giles' preference is to play for a team with title aspirations. The Padres and Mets both fit that. "Marcus is used to playing on a team in the hunt," he said, "and that's certainly his choice to continue on a team in contention."

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