The Red Sox put in a claim for Brian Giles, meaning they could trade for the Padres slugger within the next few days:
The Red Sox claimed Padres outfielder Brian Giles off waivers from the Padres yesterday in an effort to bolster their lineup down the stretch, according to a baseball source.
The move was done out of legitimate interest in Giles and not as a blocking maneuver to keep another team from claiming him. The clubs have until tomorrow to work out a trade, simply transfer Giles’ contract to the Red Sox, or have the Padres pull Giles off of waivers.
I can see why the Red Sox have interest in Giles, but where are they going to put him? Are Jacoby Ellsbury, Coco Crisp and Giles going to split time? Giles is a great guy to have on the bench and to start once in awhile, but I'm not sure if he wants to be a backup. The Red Sox are one of eight teams on his no-trade clause.
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