PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ken Giles is a 25-year-old closer who throws 100 miles per hour.
In his first 113 Major League Baseball games played, Giles has a 1.56 ERA while allowing just 84 hits and striking out 151 batters in 115.2 innings.
The 6’2, 205-pound right-hander is reportedly drawing interest from other teams, most recently the Houston Astros.
The Phillies are multiple years away from competing for a championship again and a dominant closer right now doesn’t necessarily help them as much as a couple of top prospects might in a few years.
“I think there are a lot of factors in discussions we’re having,” new Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said during the MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville. “Some of them are related to free agency. Some of them are related to trades. I think most teams — ourselves included — have multiple balls we’re juggling at one time.”