Pads waive Marcus Giles, ending reunion with brother

SAN DIEGO -- The Giles brothers reunion with their hometown
San Diego Padres lasted only one season.

Second baseman Marcus Giles, the younger brother of right
fielder Brian Giles, was put on waivers Friday. The Padres owe
Marcus a $500,000 buyout of his $4 million option.

Giles opened as the Padres' leadoff hitter but began slumping in
May. He was benched for three games after the All-Star break, then
saw most of the playing time down the stretch go to utilityman
Geoff Blum.

"He had a terrific April for us; he was one of our better
hitters," general manager Kevin Towers said. "He just cooled down
after that. There came a time where we were in a pennant race and
we had to go with the hot hand. At that time we felt Geoff Blum
gave us a chance to win ballgames. That's why he got the playing
time toward the end of the season.

"My hope is that Marcus gets back to being a productive big-
league player. It just won't happen here in San Diego."

Giles hit .229 with four home runs and 39 RBIs.

The Giles brothers grew up in suburban El Cajon.

Towers said the Padres have four replacement candidates in the organization
-- Matt Antonelli, Oscar Robles, Luis Rodriguez and
Craig Stansberry.

The Padres also claimed right-hander Mauro Zarate off waivers
from the Florida Marlins.

Zarate made his major league debut on Aug. 7 at Philadelphia and
appeared in four games for the Marlins in 2007.