PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Phillies could be unloading their 25-year-old closer Ken Giles.
According to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, the Phils and the Houston Astros have discusses trades involving “100 miles Giles.” Per the report, the Phillies have incquired about Lance McCullers and Vincent Velasquez
McCullers, 22, was 6-7 with a 3.22 ERA in 22 starts last season with the Astros—his first season in Major League Baseball.
Velasquez, 23, pitched in 19 games with Astros, starting in seven. In 55.2 innings, Velasquez allowed 27 earned runs.
Trade talks involving Giles, according to Crasnick, will intensify.
In 70 innings pitched with the Phillies in 2015, Giles allowed just 59 hits and 14 earned runs, while striking out 87 batters. Giles had 15 saves in 20 opportunities last season.
The Phillies are operating under a new management regime, after firing former general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Now, President Andy MacPhail and new general manager Matt Klentak will handle the personnel duties.