Minnesota Twins: Five potential bullpen targets at the MLB trade deadline

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants shakes hands with Buster Posey #28 after they won their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on June 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants shakes hands with Buster Posey #28 after they won their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on June 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – MAY 03: Ken Giles #51 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the twelfth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 03, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – MAY 03: Ken Giles #51 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the twelfth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 03, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Ken Giles – Toronto Blue Jays

If the Twins can’t pull off a deal for Smith, they might be able to go north of the border and come away with a reliever that’s been even more dominant than Smith has been this year.

Ken Giles came over to the Toronto Blue Jays after a rocky 2 1/2 years with the Houston Astros and has found himself over the past couple seasons. The right-hander has put together a 1.24 ERA and 12 saves in 29 innings this season and has slammed the door on opponents with a WHIP of 1.00.

Digging deeper, Giles has allowed a higher batting average than Smith this season at .198, but has also racked up 15.83 strikeouts per nine innings. Giles’ sample size is a little smaller thanks to a stint on the injured list with elbow inflammation, but he’s been just as dominant and also has more familiarity with the American League.

HIs previous elbow injury is a concern, but his stint only lasted the minimum 10 days before going back at it. Giles won’t come cheap, but he would be another nice addition to the Twins bullpen.

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