Brian Giles prefers Padres to Red Sox
San Diego Padres outfielder Brian Giles isn't headed to the Boston Red Sox after all.
Giles, 37, was claimed off waivers Wednesday by Boston, which had 48 hours to swing a trade with the Padres.
But the tentative deal fell through Friday amid reports that Giles refused to consent to leave San Diego, where he grew up.
"I did not know everybody was supposed to know, especially when it was not a done deal and it would not go down," Giles said. "It is, kind of, between myself and my agent and Boston and the Padres."
Giles reportedly has a no-trade list of eight teams, including Boston, in the three-year, $30-million US contract he signed with San Diego on Dec. 1, 2005.
"I do not think really anything needs to be said, other than I made a commitment to play for this team for three or four years and, at the end, that is where I still stand," he said.
Giles is in the final year of the contract, with the Padres retaining a $9-million US option for next season with a $3-million US buyout.
"I signed a three-, possibly four-year, deal here," Giles said. "I'm committed to fulfill that contract.
"If next year does not work out with the option, I will be a free agent and I can choose where I go. I don't know how many years I have left.
"I know I have a few years left. Hopefully, it is with San Diego."
Giles is hitting .295 with six home runs, 37 runs batted in, 49 runs scored and a team-high .390 on-base percentage in 103 games this season.
He is a career .293 hitter with 279 HRs, 1,029 RBIs and 1,071 runs in 1,742 games over 14 major-league seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Padres.
With files from the Associated Press