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Brian Giles Added to the Dodgers NRI List

Per Ken Gurnick's tweet, The Dodgers have signed Brian Giles to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.  Giles has a career line of:

.291 /     .400  /    .502  /    .902,      136 OPS+

but is coming off a horrendous 2009 season of:

.191      .277  /    .271  /    .548,    55.

Like most hitters, Giles, who turned 39 two weeks ago, seems to see his offense suppressed by Petco Park's pitcher-pleasing properties.  For the last three seasons:

Petco Park: .253/.359/.353, 6 HR in 707 PA
On Road: .290/.366/.458, 21 HR in 751 PA

According to UZR as defined at, Giles has been an average corner OF defensively for his career, but his slump extended to defense as well with an UZR/150 of -18.9 in 2009.  Admittedly, he was dealing with injuries last year.  He is a left-handed hitting outfielder with some power, something that the Dodgers were reportedly looking for.  Perhaps he will challenge Doug Man, Mientki, Minky, er, Eye Chart for the left-handed bench bat job.  He is the second Brian Giles (no relation, though both played high school ball in San Diego County) to play major league baseball.