Padres sign 2B Giles to a one-year contract

Dec 21, 2006 - 12:02 AM SAN DIEGO (Ticker) - The San Diego Padres found a second baseman and Brian Giles found some family companionship.

The Padres on Wednesday signed Marcus Giles to a one-year contract with a club option for 2008, Padres general manager Kevin Towers announced.

No financial terms were disclosed, but reported the deal to be worth $3.2 million.

The Padres also re-signed Doug Brocail to a one-tear contract and claimed infielder Craig Stansberry off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After trading rookie second baseman Josh Barfield to the Cleveland Indians last month for a pair or prospects, the Padres had an opening at the position.

Marcus Giles, a 2003 All-Star who hit .285 with 72 homers over six seasons with the Atlanta Braves, was not tendered a contract earlier this month by the budget-conscious club and thus became a free agent.

Marcus Giles, 28, and the younger brother of the Padres' right fielder, hit .262 with 11 homers and 60 RBI in 141 games for the Braves last season.

Brocail was 2-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 25 relief outings for the Padres last season. The 39-year-old missed the first 88 games of the season after undergoing an angioplasty on March 11. He discovered blockage of his left anterior descending coronary artery after undergoing an angiogram during spring training and underwent a second angioplasty on April 10.

The 24-year-old Stansberry combined to hit .243 with 13 homers and 55 RBI in 132 games combined for Class AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis.

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