Gauging Ken Giles’ trade value compared to deals from the past

Next to Marcus Stroman, Ken Giles is the most valuable trade chip the Blue Jays have (whom they’re willing to part with, at least). Giles has been a revelation in a Blue Jays uniform ever since they acquired the fireballer closer at last year’s trade deadline.
Removed from the pressure cooker environment in Houston, Giles has thrived in the low-pressure environment in Toronto and rehabilitated his image to the point where he’s no longer viewed as “damaged goods” to prospective teams.
For the second consecutive year, it’s very likely that Giles will be on the move and it’s difficult to imagine him not with another team come July 31st. He’s arguably the most attractive relief arm on the trade market and the Blue Jays should expect a decent return for the 28-year-old.
This year, Giles has struck out 47 batters, walked eight, has four earned runs to his name and owns a sparkling 1.33 ERA in 27 appearances. If a contending team needs a power arm for the back-end of their bullpen, Giles should be their number one target. He isn’t a straight-up rental and he’s been one of baseball’s best relievers dating back …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

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