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Rockies ink former All-Star infielder Giles to minor league deal

DENVER -- Former All-Star infielder Marcus Giles has signed
a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies.

Giles, whose .316 batting average in 2003 was the highest season
batting average for an Atlanta Braves second baseman, was also
invited to spring training, Rockies officials said Tuesday.

Colorado has been without a second baseman since Kaz Matsui
signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with Houston last
month.

Giles, 29, was drafted by the Braves in 1996. He holds a
.277 career batting average with 76 home runs and 187 doubles.

He played last season with the San Diego Padres and batted
10-for-19 with two doubles in five games at Coors Field. His .526
batting average was the highest at the stadium among players with
at least 20 plate appearances in 2007, the Rockies said.