Perez a Pirate, Giles a Padre
Brian Giles was traded by the Pirates to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in a long-rumored deal that sends left-hander Oliver Perez, outfielder Jason Bay and a player to be named to Pittsburgh.
Also Tuesday, the Padres traded outfielder Rondell White to the Royals
Oliver Perez, a 22-year-old starter who is 4-7 with a 5.38 ERA with San Diego, and Jason Bay, currently with Triple-A Portland, are expected to join the Pirates in time for Wednesday night's game against Florida. Bay, 23, appeared in three games for the Padres this season prior to fracturing his wrist after being hit by a pitch from Arizona starter Elmer Dessens on May 25. Bay batted .250 (2-for-8) with a home run, double and two RBI in his three games with San Diego.
"We are very pleased to not only acquire a local baseball standout, but also one of the top outfielders in Major League Baseball," said Towers. "Brian has been on our radar screen for quite some time and we look forward to him batting in the middle of our lineup for years to come. The addition of Giles along with Mark Kotsay, Phil Nevin and Ryan Klesko provides us with one of the more productive offensive lineups in the National League."
The deal, in the planning stages before the deadline for trading without waivers on July 31, initially would have sent outfielder Brian Giles and catcher Jason Kendall to the Padres for Perez, outfielder Xavier Nady and at least one other player.
However, the deal fell through when the two sides could not agree on how much of the $42 million remaining on Kendall's contract after this season the Pirates would pick up.
The talks heated up again after the Pirates backed off packaging Kendall in the trade, which sends Pittsburgh's most productive offensive player since Barry Bonds back to his hometown to play.
Brian Giles, a San Diego native, has been one of the NL's most consistent run producers since being acquired by Cleveland for reliever Ricardo Rincon before the 1999 season, averaging 35 homers and 100-plus RBI. He is currently hitting .299 with 16 homers and 70 RBI despite sitting out a month with a knee injury.
Giles, 32, appeared in 105 games for the Pirates this season, batting .299 with 16 home runs, 30 doubles, 70 RBIs and a .430 on-base percentage, reaching base safely in 30 of his last 31 games. After starting the year batting .226 over the first two months of the season, missing 23 games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, Giles has hit at a .305 (109-for-357) clip over his last four months with 16 home runs, 27 doubles and 66 RBIs. His 30 doubles this season give him at least 30 doubles for five consecutive seasons, while his 16 homers allowed him to finish his Pirates career ranking sixth in club history with 165 home runs - one behind Dave Parker for fifth place.