Marcus Giles Added To The Infield Mix
Marcus Giles
Posted Jan 6, 2009

The Phillies signed veteran infielder Marcus Giles to a minor league contract. He'll likely get a shot at winning a job this spring while Chase Utley recovers from hip surgery.

Marcus Giles, who turns 31 in May, isn't exactly the player that he used to be, but the Phillies hope that he can at least show enough to fight for their temporary opening at second base.

Giles last played in the majors with San Diego in 2007 and hit .229, dropping his career average to .277 through seven major league seasons. Last spring, Giles was in camp with Colorado and lost out in his battle to win a spot with the club and then turned down an offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has decided to attempt a comeback and found mutual interest from the Phillies.

With Chase Utley potentially out early in the season as he recovers from hip surgery, the Phillies are exploring all options to fill the hole. Prospect Jason Donald figures to get a look and Giles will certainly get a shot to show that he could handle the temporary job opening and possibly stick with the club after that as a utility player. The problem with Giles coming off the bench is that he has primarily played just at second base with the exception of nine games as a third baseman while with Atlanta.

Giles signed a minor league deal worth $0.6 million and will get an invite to spring training to fight for a spot with the big league club. His contract has an opt-out clause for Giles if he isn't added to the major league roster by July 1.

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