MLB Free Agents 2006: Brian Giles
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If you're looking for an outfielder with power this offseason, Brian Giles is probably the top candidate. Hideki Matsui will likely be off the market, and the Reds will require a nice bounty for Ken Griffey or Adam Dunn.
Giles will be 35 entering the 2006 season, and he's not having a stellar contract season. Giles stands at .303-15-81 with thirteen steals. As always, he's getting on base like a madman at .425. Giles is sort of the anti-Podsednik - he has far more value in real baseball than in fantasy.
In his prime, Giles went .315-39-115 for the Pirates. San Diego has drained his power, but he can still muster up 25-30 homers in a more hitter-friendly park. Should Giles land in Wrigley, pay an extra $10 in your auction to get him.
Giles's list of teams he can be traded to might be the best indicator of his 2006 destination. He could've been traded to Atlanta, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Arizona, and Colorado. Consider the Pirates a dark horse in the race, if you believe this rumor.
Despite his age, Giles seems to be after a three year deal. Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune thinks $35 million over three years would do the trick. I agree, although Giles would probably settle for $30 million.
I just can't see Pittsburgh or Colorado justifying the investment. Stranger things have happened - look at the Tigers' offseason. Still, the favorite is definitely Atlanta - just listen to his brother Marcus.
Still, Atlanta has let plenty of free agent outfielders walk when they got expensive - J.D. Drew and Gary Sheffield come to mind. The pressure will be on the Cubs' Jim Hendry to reel in Giles and Rafael Furcal. The Dodgers will be in the game and have shown the ability to throw around huge checks. Arizona has a host of outfielders and probably won't make a move for Giles.
The Giants only become a candidate if Barry Bonds is sent packing to the AL. Expect the Bonds story to heat up this winter as the Angels attempt to create a terrifying 1-2 punch in Guerrero-Bonds. If I'm Brian Sabean, I milk the Angels for Jered Weaver, Casey Kotchman, and some cash. San Francisco is notorious for handing out fat contracts to older players, so Brian Giles could be the solution.
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