Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that Brian Giles has been claimed off waivers by an unknown club. That doesn’t mean that the Padre right fielder is headed out the door, however. What it does mean is that another MLB club has indicated their willingness to take Giles off the Padres’ hands and assume full financial responsibility for his contract. Speculation is that the Padres are open to trading Giles to the unknown club providing they receive a good player in return. If a trade cannot be worked out, they can simply pull him back within 48 hours, which will assure his place on the Padres’ roster for the rest of this season. If that should occur, I suspect the Padres will buyout his contract for $3 million instead of picking up his option for 2009.
PADRES DEFEAT THE METS
Along with the aforementioned Brian Giles, Jody Gerut and Chase Headley hit solo home runs and Cha Seung Baek (4-5) gave the Padres 6 1/3 strong innings in their 4-2 victory over the Mets last night. The Padres collected only six hits in the entire game.
Baek is a real enigma. While his record on the road is 4-0 with a 2.81 ERA, he’s 0-5 with a 6.96 ERA at Petco, which is supposed to be a pitcher’s ballpark. It just doesn’t make sense. What are the Padres to do? Only let him start on the road? There has to be an answer.
Jody Gerut (.290, 9 HRs) is looking more and more like a keeper. It very well could be that the club is looking at him as Giles’ replacement in right field. Although he’s certainly getting the job done in center, the Padres may be hoping to fill that position next year with someone capable of leading off and stealing a few bases.
It was good to see Headley hit one out at Shea. He’s been struggling of late and hadn’t hit a dinger since July 13.
It seemed like only yesterday that Edgar Gonzalez was the club’s hottest hitter and was playing errorless ball. Last night he was replaced at second by Iguchi in the seventh inning after committing his 4th and 5th errors. While struggling at the plate, his batting average has slipped to .283. I initially disagreed with 1090’s John “The Coach” Kentera when he said that Edgar was best suited for utility work. I now have to admit that I’m beginning to see his point.
Collectively allowing only one hit, the bullpen tandem of Mike Adams, Heath Bell, and Trevor Hoffman, who notched his 24th save, did a terrific job in support of Baek.
The non-televised rubber game of the series begins at 9:10 this morning.