NEW YORK -- Wandering through the visiting clubhouse -- in the city to which former Packers quarterback Brett Favre had just been traded -- Brian Giles joked that the NFL had approved a swap that would send him to Green Bay in the legend's stead.
While professional football isn't calling, the Red Sox might be. As The San Diego Union-Tribune first wrote on its blog Thursday morning, Giles has been claimed off waivers by Boston.
Giles confirmed the report after Thursday's game, saying that he's spoken with Padres general manager Kevin Towers over the phone and that he will have more information after San Diego's flight to Colorado.
"They are a good team," Giles said of the Red Sox.
Boston now has an exclusive 48-hour window to work out a deal for Giles, whose contract includes the Red Sox as one of eight teams to which he can veto a trade. If the two clubs do not reach an agreement, Giles will stay with San Diego.
Giles will have further discussions with his agent and with Towers to determine whether he would use that veto power, with one factor being the Red Sox's plans for him for 2009.
"It just comes down to comfort, you know?" Giles said. "This thing could go in a million different directions. ... Right now, it's very general."
Giles is batting .295 with six home runs and 37 RBIs this season. Currently in his sixth season with the Padres, he has become comfortable in San Diego.
"It's a business -- main thing," Giles said. "Like I said, it's so general right now, there is nothing to report other than I have been claimed, and that's it."
Jon Blau is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.