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Ken Giles | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Yavapai (AZ) JC
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 7 (0) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that he hasn't decided who will close for the team in 2016.
The safe bet is Ken Giles, who was picked up from the Phillies last week as part of a seven-player swap and boasts a 1.56 ERA with 151 strikeouts in 115 2/3 career major league frames. Luke Gregerson is the incumbent, however, and still technically in the running. "Let the offseason play itself out and see how the names adjust throughout our team," Hinch told reporters. "I'm no dummy ... right now, it's nothing we need to address. We'll sort it out. It won't be a secret." Mon, Dec 14, 2015 02:49:00 PM

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Astros acquired RHP Ken Giles and INF Jonathan Arauz from the Astros for RHPs Mark Appel, Vince Velasquez, Thomas Eshelman, Harold Arauz and LHP Brett Oberholtzer.

The deal varies from what was initially reported as Derek Fisher is no longer included, and in his place the Phillies will receive Mark Appel and Harold Arauz. The hard-throwing 25-year-old Giles should immediately step in as the Astros' closer and provide a shutdown option in the ninth inning for a club with visions of competing for a World Series title. He posted a ridiculous 1.80 ERA and 87/25 K/BB ratio over 70 innings with the Phillies in 2015.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 01:17:00 PM

Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reports that the Astros have acquired Phillies closer Ken Giles in exchange for Vince Velasquez, Brett Oberholtzer, Derek Fisher, and an additional player.

The up-and-coming Astros have possibly found their closer for the future. Assuming all the physicals shake out, the reported deal would see Houston part with the three players listed above and another unnamed minor leaguer in exchange for the hard-throwing 25-year-old right-hander. Giles will be under the Astros' control through the 2020 season, and he doesn't hit arbitration until 2018. He's fresh off of a 2015 campaign that saw him pitch to a 1.80 ERA with a 87/25 K/BB ratio across 70 innings.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 08:58:00 PM

According to multiple news outlets, the Astros are close to acquiring Phillies closer Ken Giles for a trio of prospects.

The Astros have been circling Giles for at least a week, now, but it appears they're finally close to an actual deal. If they're able to pull this one off, it would be a legitimate get. The 25-year-old right-hander has electric stuff and won't hit his arbitration-eligible years until 2017. He held a 1.80 ERA and 87/25 K/BB ratio in 70 innings with the Phillies in 2015.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 07:41:00 PM

Jim Salisbury of reports that talks between the Phillies and Astros regarding Ken Giles are "heating up."

The Astros have been connected to Giles for a while now, though they have also reportedly been in touch about a number of other big-name closers as well. However, they could offer the type of young prospects that the Phillies covet. Giles won't even be arbitration-eligible for the first time until after 2017, so the price will be high.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 03:33:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Astros are "still trying to pry" closer Ken Giles away from the Phillies.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported the Astros' interest a week ago and they are still trying for the hard-throwing right-hander. It's unclear who Philadelphia would receive in return, but Heyman said some of Houston's top prospects would be involved. Giles won't be arbitration-eligible for the first time until after 2017, but Philadelphia is trying to take advantage of a weak market for free agent relievers.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 08:51:00 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros recently discussed a possible Ken Giles trade with the Phillies.

Crasnick hears that the Phillies brought up Lance McCullers and Vincent Velasquez in discussions, so the asking price is high for the fireballing Giles. The Astros are said to be looking at a number of upgrades for the back-end of their bullpen, including Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee from the Rays and Aroldis Chapman from the Reds. Meanwhile, Crasnick hears that the Phillies are getting "lots of hits" on Giles and talks could pick up at next week's Winter Meetings.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 12:50:00 PM

According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Phillies are asking for two or three "high-ceiling prospects" in exchange for Ken Giles.

The Phillies might hold onto Giles if they're unable to find a suitor willing to pony up a few high-profile prospects. Late on Thursday, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Astros and Marlins have both expressed interest in the 25-year-old closer. Giles won't be eligible for arbitration until 2017. He pitched to a 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 87/25 K/BB ratio across 70 innings this last season, taking over the closer's role after Jonathan Papelbon was moved to the Nationals at the trade deadline.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 11:41:00 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Astros and Marlins are among the teams expressing interest in trading for Phillies closer Ken Giles.

You can bet they're not alone. Giles, 25, boasts a 1.56 ERA and 151 strikeouts through his first 115 2/3 major league innings and he won't reach salary arbitration until after the 2017 season. Philly is going to want a ton in return -- major prospects to help expedite the club's ongoing rebuild. They can slow-play this one.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 12:46:00 PM

Jim Salisbury of reports that Ken Giles is generating trade interest.

With a weak class of free agent relievers, it only makes sense for the Phillies to listen to offers, but new GM Matt Klentak said "it's not a goal" to move him this offseason. Giles won't be arbitration-eligible for the first time until after 2017, so there's a chance he'll still be around when the Phillies are ready to contend again. "I think it’s a little different when you’re talking about a guy with one year of service time," said Klentak. "If you were talking about a pending free agent then, yeah, that might be a slightly different situation. But Ken Giles, if he’s here, can very easily be a part of our future, so I think we have to account for that in our thinking."
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 02:33:00 PM

Ken Giles blew a save opportunity in the Phillies' loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Giles retired the first batter he faced, Dee Gordon, but Christian Yelich singled, Martin Prado hit an RBI triple, and then the Marlins took the lead on a Marcell Ozuna RBI single. Giles has been a little shaky over the last week or so, but he still boasts a 1.83 ERA.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 07:34:00 PM

Ken Giles served up a two-run home run, but held on for his 14th save in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

Giles issued a leadoff walk to David Wright, but followed that up with a ground out and a strikeout. Lucas Duda kept hope alive for the Mets, belting a two-run homer to the opposite field. Giles hung on for the save by striking out Travis d'Arnaud. The homer was only the third the right-hander has allowed in 112 2/3 career innings. Giles moves to 14-for-15 in save chances since taking over for Jonathan Papelbon. Overall, he carries a 1.61 ERA and an 83/24 K/BB ratio over 67 innings.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 09:58:00 PM

Ken Giles closed out a 7-4 victory against the Cubs on Sunday to earn his 13th save.

Giles brought the winning run to the plate with two outs after allowing two singles in the ninth inning, but he got Anthony Rizzo to line out to second base to end the game. Giles continues to get the job done as the Phillies' new closer, earning the save in all 13 opportunities with a 1.43 ERA and a 24/3 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings since Jonathan Papelbon was traded to the Nationals.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Ken Giles earned the win in Saturday's defeat of the Cubs, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Giles struck out three, walked one and did not allow a hit during his relief duty. He's earned a 6-2 record out of the bullpen and holds a strong 1.45 ERA while converting 12-of-15 save chances. With Jonathan Papelbon out of the way, Giles figures to flourish as a full-time closer next season.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 11:30:00 PM

Ken Giles got the final four outs of Tuesday's 5-0 victory over the Braves, earning his 12th save.

Giles entered the eighth inning with runners on second and third base and two outs in a 2-0 game. He got Jace Peterson to line out to shortstop to end the threat. In the ninth, he set the Braves down in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out Michael Bourn and Pedro Ciriaco consecutively to finish the game. Giles has earned the save in all 12 opportunities since taking over for Jonathan Papelbon, compiling a 0.53 ERA and a 21/1 K/BB ratio in 17 innings. He will carry significant fantasy value as a full-time closer for an improving Phillies team in 2016.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 09:57:00 PM

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