Minnesota Twins: Ranking the Twins’ potential targets at the trade deadline
By Chris Schad
4. RP Ken Giles (Toronto Blue Jays)
Perhaps news of Giles’ injury woes should put him lower on this list, but when he’s on the field, he’s one of the best relievers in the game right now. In 31 innings this season, Giles has been dominant, picking up 13 saves for the Blue Jays and registering a career-low 1.45 ERA. For a team that likes to see its relievers strike guys out, Giles has also fit the bill with 15.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
The drawback here is that Giles has run into some issues with his elbow as of late. Giles originally spent some time on the injured list in June with elbow inflammation, but only missed the standard 10 days before going back on the mound. Then, he irritated a nerve in the same elbow getting a message over the All-Star break.
For a team like the Twins that is willing to shell out some of its future to help the 2019 version of this club, they’re going to want assurance that the elbow is stable. If it’s not, a potential package deal could fall through and open up the possibility of picking up another Toronto arm that’s available.