Ken Giles was arguably the Blue Jays’ most coveted player heading into this year’s trade deadline, but, as we know, a nagging injury resulted in the team’s closer not getting traded.
According to Ken Rosenthal, Ross Atkins nearly swung a deal that would have sent Giles to the New York Yankees.
On the day of the trade deadline, the Yankees and Blue Jays made significant progress on a deal that would have sent reliever Ken Giles to New York, according to major-league sources. The Jays were set to receive three prospects, and informed the other clubs pursuing Giles they were going to be moving him elsewhere.
The trade, of course, never happened, and the Yankees backed off too late for the Jays to complete a deal with another club. The most logical explanation is that the Yankees had concerns about Giles’ elbow, though teams had prior access to his medical records and several factored the risk into their offers, sources said.
This would have been the second year in a row the Jays hooked up with their division rivals for a deadline deal. Last year, Toronto sent top starter J.A. Happ to New York in exchange for …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation