Free-agent outfielder Brian Giles re-signed with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, spurning a more lucrative offer from the Dodgers and setting back their rebuilding efforts. The only other free-agent outfielder with the credentials of Giles, who has a stellar .413 career on-base percentage, is Johnny Damon. However, Damon is seeking a seven-year deal and the Dodgers don't believe he merits a contract that long. Among others available are Reggie Sanders, Preston Wilson, Jeromy Burnitz and Jacque Jones. The Dodgers re-signed outfielder Jose Cruz Jr., but are looking for another big bat in the middle of the order. Giles, who batted .301 with 15 home runs and 83 runs batted in last season, was one of the few free agents who could have filled the role. Losing out on Giles could prompt the Dodgers to retain troubled center fielder Milton Bradley, who made $2.5 million last year and is eligible for arbitration. The Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs are among teams that have shown interest in trading for him. "At this point in time, I'm open-minded," Colletti said of keeping Bradley. "We'll see how it goes. He's a very good player."
Dodgers Scramble For Outfielder After Losing Out On Giles