The Dodgers have been struggling with depth at third base, having lost old dude Nomar Garciaparra and young stud Andy La Roche to extended injuries. Some kid named Blake DeWitt has been starting over there; he's got a couple hits, a couple runs, a stolen base, and no errors in the field so far, so he's been somewhat better than serviceable. Still, Joe Torre being Joe Torre he needs a veteran presence at the hot corner so Ned Colletti went out and asked Marcus Giles to sign a minor league deal.
Giles accepted, got in his car, and started driving towards the triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. Somewhere along the line, though, he changed his mind, turned around, and went home. Why? Maybe he has a gambling problem and knew being in Las Vegas was too risky. Maybe he realized his fear of Larry Bowa. Or maybe he doesn't want to end up sleeping with Alyssa Milano.
Strangely enough, the LA Times and the LA Daily News have conflicting reports as to where Giles was coming from. Was he living in San Diego? Was he living in Lake Havasu? Does it really matter? The lesser Giles is unemployed and it doesn't seem like he cares. One more thing, via Tony Jackson:
And the worst part is, the Dodgers passed on two other players they could have signed because they were convinced they had Giles, and neither of those players is still available. One of them is believed to have been Alex Cintron, a free-agent infielder who signed a minor-league deal with Baltimore yesterday
Dammit Giles! The Dodgers missed out on CINTRON! CINTRON!!!!!!