Padres officially sign Marcus Giles

The San Diego Padres today agreed to terms with infielder Marcus Giles on a one-year contract with a club option for 2008.

Giles played in 141 games for the Atlanta Braves in 2006, batting .262 (144-for-550) with 32 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 60 RBI, 87 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. The 28-year-old hit at a .282 clip (62-for-220) in 57 games after the All-Star break, including a .324 mark (22-for-68) in July, and .316 (31-for-98) in August.

"This is obviously a dream come true for my family and me," Marcus Giles said in a press conference. "I know it's something Brian and I have been waiting for all of our lives."

Originally selected by Atlanta in the 53rd round of the 1996 June Free Agent Draft, Giles has batted .285 (717-for-2514) with 168 doubles, 13 triples, 72 home runs, 294 RBI, 416 runs scored and 60 stolen bases in 676 career Major League games over parts of six seasons with the Braves (2001-06). He has connected for 30 or more doubles in three of the last four seasons, including a career-high 49 in 2003, establishing an Atlanta Braves season record. Giles appeared in the postseason with Atlanta in five consecutive seasons (2001-05) and was selected by the fans as the starting second baseman for the National League squad at the 2003 All-Star Game but was unable to play due to injury.

A native of San Diego, Giles is a 1996 graduate of Granite Hills (CA) High School where he was a member of the baseball, football and wrestling teams. He is the younger brother of Padres outfielder Brian Giles.

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