Could Phillies Closer Ken Giles be Available?
The baseball GM meetings are taking place this week, it's the first for new Phillies GM Matt Klentak, who is trying to rebuild the Phillies after back-to-back last place finishes.
One rumor that is coming from the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. is that the phillies are willing to listen to trade offers for closer Ken Giles.
In the latest Inside Baseball column by Jon Heyman, he reported that the Phillies are willing to part with Giles at the right price.
"Even the Phillies' hard-throwing young closer Ken Giles is said to be available, though that may be more about a team looking to change as much as they can coming off their disastrous season."
Giles is just 25-years old, had 15 saves after taking over the closer role once Jonathan Papelbon was traded to Washington at the trade deadline. His 1.80 ERA and 1.20 WHIP were both very good, but the Phillies might not value the closer position at this point of their rebuild. He has the potential to be an elite closer, but the thought process is that he won't see many save opportunities for the Phillies over the next few seasons.
(Listen to MLB.com Phillies reporter Todd Zolecki)