The Latest MLB News of the hot stove favors the Seattle Mariners as they add a premium reliever in Ken Giles.
Latest MLB News: Seattle Signs Ken Giles
Giles, whose 2020 campaign was shortened due to injury, has agreed to a two-year deal with Seattle. The latest MLB news was broken by Shannon Drayer of ESPN Seattle.
The Mariners will have to wait to see the reliever known as "Hundred-Miles Giles" until the 2022 season. In 2020, Giles needed to have Tommy John surgery and is not expected to be able to play in the 2021 season. This plays into the Mariners plans though as most speculate this season to be another developmental year for the young ball club that made strides in 2020.
Before his season was over, Giles struggled with Toronto posting an ERA of over nine in only a handful of games. He was able to register one save and six strikeouts over 3.2 innings.
Latest MLB News: Giles" Impact
Career-wise, Giles has been known as a premier closer with good velocity and incredible strikeout numbers. In the 2019 season, Giles finished the year with a sub-two ERA and 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
When Giles joins the Mariners, he will be entering his age 32 season right when the Mariners expect to be starting their postseason window with their young core led by players like Kyle Lewis, J.P. Crawford, and Evan White.
Adding Giles to this bullpen will give Seattle their first dominant closer since Edwin Diaz back in 2018. Relievers were hard to come by for Seattle in 2020. Five different relievers notched at least one save with the leading closer being former Milwaukee Brewer Taylor Williams.
For Seattle, this latest MLB news brings some hope for a positive future of the bullpen come 2021.
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