SAN DIEGO - Former Atlanta Braves second baseman Marcus Giles was reunited today with his older brother Brian on their hometown team.
Working out a deal with the Padres was a no-brainer once Marcus Giles wasn't offered a contract last week by the Braves. He got a one-year deal worth three and three-quarters of a (m) million dollars, with a club option for 2008.
Giles will take over at second for Josh Barfield, who was traded to Cleveland. Giles also is the leading candidate to replace Dave Roberts as San Diego's leadoff batter. Roberts signed with San Francisco.
The Giles brothers grew up in El Cajon, just east of San Diego. Brian, the Padres' right-fielder, is seven years older than Marcus.
Asked if they've ever played together, Brian said: "Just softball."