Red Sox trying to acquire B. Giles

The Baltimore Sun

The Boston Red Sox have placed a waiver claim on San Diego right fielder Brian Giles and are negotiating to acquire the 14-year veteran from the Padres, ESPN reported.

Giles, 37, is hitting .296 with a .391 on-base percentage.

Boston's interest in Giles might be spurred by concern about the health of third baseman Mike Lowell, who is battling a sore hip, and designated hitter David Ortiz, who has spent time on the disabled list resting a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist.

Giles is earning $9 million this year, and his contract with the Padres has a club option for $9 million for 2009 that would climb to $11 million if he is traded.

Giles has a limited no-trade clause, and Boston is among the teams to which he cannot be traded without his permission.

Joe Bick, Giles' agent, declined to discuss the situation.

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