With some designated trade chips in hand, it appears that we might be seeing the first one sold by the Blue Jays this season and it might be Ken Giles to the Chicago Cubs.
On Inside the Clubhouse @670TheScore Jays broadcaster Buck Maritinez confirmed the Cubs have asked about the availability of closer Ken Giles
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) May 18, 2019
Per Chicago baseball analyst Bruce Levine and Buck Martinez, the Cubs have reportedly asked about Giles as a potential trade.
As of Monday, the Cubs bullpen has been not very good, so this trade makes sense for Chicago. Their closer Steve Cishek has an ERA of 2.45 in 22 innings, while making four saves but one blown save as well. It’s not terrible, but for a team that wants to contend like the Cubs, they want to upgrade on that and Giles can be exactly that.
Acquired in the Roberto Osuna trade from Houston, Giles has been exactly as advertised this season. In 19.2 innings this season, Giles has completed 10 saves with an ERA of 1.37 and a 1.017 WHIP.
One part of his game that has been incredible this season is his strikeout rate. Punching out 14.9 per nine innings is a career-high for Giles …
Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation