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midday giles report

the free-agent season really opens today, as players are now free to field actual offers from all teams (not just the ones they played with last year). over at the birdwatch, rob tries to gauge what brian giles might cost. and he thinks it could be a lot higher than 3 yrs, $30 million -- the unofficial consensus on what it will take to sign him. the deal's more likely to reach that type of threshold if the yankees' interest in giles is as serious as it now appears to be. . . . . .

diaspora rounds up recent stats for four possible outfield additions, including giles; chart makes it clear that even at 35 and sans home-run power, giles is the biggest offensive contributor out there.