Sunday, February 07, 2010

Brian Giles signs with Dodgers

Sunday February 7, 2010

According to a Twitter post by Ken Gurnick of, former Padre Brian Giles reportedly signed a minor league deal with the NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers with an invitation to spring training.

Giles is a career .291 hitter with a .400 OBP, .502 SLG , .902 OPS. His career 136 OPS+ is 15th among active players, but he is coming off an injury filled year in 2009 that saw him hit 100 points lower than his career average and start only 58 games.

Giles would likely fill a 4th outfielder and LH bat off the bench role for the Dodgers,

Padres offer Takahashi a minor league deal

Sunday February 7, 2010

The San Diego Padres have reportedly offered Yomiuri Giants lefty Hisanori Takahashi a minor league deal. 

The Padres were one of 4 teams to offer him a contract including the Dodgers, Giants and Red Sox according to a report by Sports Hochi that was passed along on Twitter by NPB Tracker.

Jon Heyman tweeted today that the Mets and Pirates were also interested in the 35 year old screwball specialist.

Takahashi started 24 games and threw 144 innings for the Nippon League Giants in 2009 while recording a 2.94 ERA with 126 SO and only 36 BB.

It is not known whether the Padres are looking at Takahashi as a back of the rotation starter or a reliever.