Apparently because the San Diego Padres are looking to move some salary and at $9 million per season they have incentive to deal outfielder Brian Giles.
The problem is Giles has a no trade clause and apparently is only interested in coming to the Yankees, Angels, or the Red Sox.
They tried to trade him to the Red Sox last season, but he vetoed the deal over concerns about playing time and fear that he would just be traded this offseason anyways.
So it seems that there are only two destinations for him to be dealt to, the Yankees and the Angels. However, both teams have a surplus of outfielders and have no need for him. Also he has a clause in his contract that increases it to $11 million if he is traded. Another problem with bringing him to the Bronx is that he is 38.
Last I checked the Yankees are not in the market for a 38-year-old corner outfielder set to make $11 million. Also, while Giles had a .854 OPS last year he could not manage over a .777 OPS in his two previous non-contract years.
We’ve heard before that he wants to be a Yankee back when he was a free agent in the winter of 2005. Back then he supposedly wanted to be a Yankee so badly he took less money to stay in San Diego. Only later did we find out that it was a bluff to try to get the Padres to up their offer to him.
It seems like it could be a bluff again to help the Padres trade him to one of the Bomber’s competitors. Even if this was a straight salary dump it is not certain that Giles would be better than any of the Yankees’ outfielders.