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Padres exercise $9 million option on Giles

Updated: November 8, 2008, 10:28 AM ET
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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres on Friday exercised their $9 million option on right fielder Brian Giles, whose .398 on-base percentage was one of the best in baseball.

"He's a professional hitter, a guy that kind of really makes our offense go," Padres general manager Kevin Towers told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Friday. "Those guys are hard to find out there, even in the free-agent market. That was a move that we felt we needed to make."

Giles, who turns 38 in January, ...

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