has learned that the Boston Red Sox have claimed Padres right fielder Brian Giles off the waiver wire, if only to keep him away from the two teams with better records in the American League. Thus, Boston entered a 48-hour period in which the Sox have exclusive rights to try to work out a trade with San Diego.Fox reports that Giles (who is 37, but has played 99 games in right field, hitting .296/.391/.424, 124 OPS+) has a partial no-trade clause which include Boston, so he would have to waive that for any deal to occur.
I'm not clear where Giles would fit on the Red Sox, who are already rotating four outfielders -- Could Crisp be dealt? Is Ortiz's wrist a bigger problem than reported? -- or if he would approve a trade to a team that would likely not start him more than three times a week.
Also: David Aardsma should be activated before tomorrow night's game in Chicago. Chris Smith has been optioned to Pawtucket.
Off-Day music post coming later.