Brian Giles’ departure from Pittsburgh wound up putting both Jason Bay (directly) and Xavier Nady (indirectly) onto the Pirates’ roster.
In late August 2003, Giles was shipped to the San Diego Padres for Bay, Oliver Perez and Cory Stewart. On deadline day in 2006, Perez was dealt to the New York Mets for Nady.
“It seems like it’s been a while,” Giles said, grinning. “We’re going on five, six years now, so it has been a while. Maybe it seems like a while because I’m getting older.”
Giles is still with the Padres, and this season is having a bit of a renaissance after a couple of down years. He went into tonight’s game against the Pirates at PNC Park batting .301 with five homers.
Giles is still rollin’ along. And the Pirates are still rollin’ players out the door. Today, it was Nady and reliever Damaso Marte.
Giles went through it back when Dave Littlefield was the general manager. It’s not unusual that first-year GM Neal Huntington is using the trade route to clean up the mess.
“The general manager has to do what he thinks is best for his team,” Giles said. “Neal’s just taken over; this is the first time he’s gotten to see the talent, evaluate it and see what he has to do.
“You know, this city wants a winner. I thought with X, Bay and McLouth out there, that’s a pretty good outfield and a good lineup. Sometimes, when all the pieces don’t fall in place and you’re in a competitive division like they are, you have to do what’s best for the organization.”