A quick little ex-Brave check this morning finds our former second baseman Marcus Giles signing a minor-league deal with the defending NL Champion Colorado Rockies. I particularly like the honesty of Giles' agent:
Giles looks to be competing with young prospect Jayson Nix in spring training for the second base job. I used to really like Giles as a Brave - he was scrappy and undersized and full of energy. My opinion of him turned a bit when we put him in the leadoff spot - a position he was never really suited for and one which he never wanted to be in.
I'm not sure his stroke translates well to Colorado. He's a career .281 hitter at Coors Field, but having watched the way Giles gets wide-eyed at the plate when he thinks he can hit a homerun, I'm fairly certain that his big sweeping swing will be full-energy-swinging for the fences more often than not.