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Early Rumblings about Giles

A possible destination for Marcus Giles might be Cleveland, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This will be an interesting team to keep an eye on, and if they lose out on Ronnie Belliard they might come calling for Marcus Giles. In the article they also say that the Braves may consider non-tendering Giles because he's too expensive, and while that is an option, I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen.

I mentioned earlier today in another column that the Giants may also be a possible destination for Giles. He fulfills their newfound desire to get younger as a team. He would be replacing Ray Durham, who is likely departing via free agency, and the second base prospects in the Giants system are still several years away. It may also be easier for the Giants to sign Giles being that they are a West Coast team and much closer to his home in San Diego.

There are probably three other teams that might be in the Giles mix: The A's, Red Sox, and Angles. The A's reportedly had interest in Giles back when we made the trade for Tim Hudson, and with the year that Mark Ellis has had they may be ready to make a change. The Red Sox will lose Mark Loretta to free agency this year and will have to add more offense with the expected trade of Manny Ramirez. The Angels might not resign Adam Kennedy, and they may also want to upgrade their power at second base. They would be intriguing trading partners especially if they were willing to part with speedster Chone Figgins. I wonder if they might be interested in Tin Hudson - after all they are very familiar with him being that they are in the same division as Tim's old team.

I'm sure this is only the beginning of the Marcus Giles trade rumoring, we'll have to see where it leads...

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