Craig Kimbrel finally signed, so that opens up the market for Ken Giles

Craig Kimbrel’s holdout unsurprisingly came to an end last night when he inked a three-year, $45 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. It was inevitable that Kimbrel would end up somewhere shortly after that MLB draft because it meant whoever signed him wouldn’t have to give up a draft pick in order to do so.

A few hours after Ken Rosenthal broke the news about Kimbrel, Ken Giles picked up his second consecutive save against the New York Yankees, getting Luke Voit to ground out and getting Gary Sanchez and Kendrys Morales to strike out after Sam Gaviglio allowed DJ LeMahieu to lead off the ninth with a single. The previous night, Giles picked up a four-out save, which featured strikeouts of LeMahieu, Sanchez, and Gleyber Torres.
Giles now has 11 saves on the season, which is pretty good given the fact the Blue Jays don’t often give him opportunities to lock down wins in the ninth inning.
Since being acquired from Houston in the Roberto Osuna deal over a year ago, Giles has clearly regained form as an elite closer. Giles has a 1.08 ERA over the course of 25 innings, and while he can be a little erratic, he’ …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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