One of the more challenging decisions Ross Atkins will have to make this winter is what to do with Ken Giles. The team tried to trade their ace closer at the trade deadline, but, thanks to a nagging injury, nothing worthwhile transpired. Now, just one year from free agency, the Jays will have to find a deal over the off-season or take the gamble again at next year’s trade deadline.
Trading Giles now is the lower-risk, likely lower-reward thing to do. Normally, relievers end up commanding larger returns at the trade deadline because bullpens are so notoriously enigmatic. Teams will often begin the season by throwing darts blindly at a board to see what works and then the contenders will pick up a hot hand mid-season.
Think back to the 2015 and 2016 Blue Jays. In 2015, the team rolled into the season with ¯_(ツ)_/¯ as their bullpen and ended up going into the playoffs with… Roberto Osuna, a rookie as their closer, Aaron Sanchez, a starter who transitioned back to the ‘pen mid-season as their eighth-inning guy, Liam Hendriks, a failed depth starter, Mark Lowe, a guy acquired at the trade deadline who pitched seven innings the year before, and LaTroy Hawkins, …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation