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Astros | Ken Giles' role unknown

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:50:02 -0800

Houston Astros RP Ken Giles' role is not yet known, according to general manager Jeff Luhnow.

Fantasy Tip: It would be a big surprise if Giles isn't penciled in as Houston's closer to start next season, especially after they gave up a big package of players to trade for him. He's an up-and-coming young closing talent with electric stuff. His fantasy value increases with a move to a contending club.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Houston Chronicle - Evan Drellich

Phillies | Mark Appel dealt to Phils

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:30:47 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Philadelphia Phillies have traded RP Ken Giles and SS Jonathan Arauz to the Houston Astros, in exchange for Ps Mark Appel, Brett Oberholtzer, Vincent Velasquez, Harold Arauz and Thomas Eshelman.

Fantasy Tip: Appel, who was not included in the original version of the deal, is a 24-year-old right-hander who was selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft, although he has not lived up to expectations thus far. He is 16-11 with a 5.12 ERA through 54 minor league games (53 starts) over three seasons, including a 5-2 record and 4.48 ERA in 12 starts for Class AAA Fresno in 2015. Appel has a decent shot of reaching the majors in 2016 and should be monitored in cavernous mixed and NL-only fantasy leagues. The revised deal does not include minor league OF Derek Fisher, who will remain part of the Astros' organization.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Matt Breen

Astros | Ken Giles deal finalized

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:30:16 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Houston Astros received RP Ken Giles and SS Jonathan Arauz from the Philadelphia Phillies, in exchange for Ps Mark Appel, Brett Oberholtzer, Vincent Velasquez, Harold Arauz and Thomas Eshelman.

Fantasy Tip: Unlike the original version of the deal, the Astros were able to hang on to minor league OF Derek Fisher and parted ways with Appel, Eshelman and Harold Arauz instead, while receiving Jonathan Arauz in addition to Giles. From a Houston standpoint, this deal is attractive because Giles is young (25), inexpensive and under club control for several seasons. His fantasy value has received a significant boost now that he is pitching for a contender and he should be one of the first closers selected in all fantasy formats during next year's drafts.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Matt Breen

Phillies | Ken Giles traded to Houston

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 18:53:59 -0800

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded RP Ken Giles to the Houston Astros, in exchange for SPs Brett Oberholtzer and Vincent Velasquez and OF Derek Fisher. The deal is pending a physical.

Fantasy Tip: Despite being only 25 and under club control through 2017, Giles was expendable because having a closer on a rebuilding team is considered a luxury. Oberholtzer is a 26-year-old left-hander who has gone 11-20 with a 3.94 ERA over parts of three major league seasons, including a 2-2 record with a 4.46 ERA in eight starts in 2015. Velasquez, a 23-year-old righty, went 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA in 19 games (seven starts) for Houston last year. Fisher, 22, hit .275 with 22 home runs, 87 RBIs and 31 steals in 123 games for two Class A teams in 2015. Oberholtzer and Velasquez have chances to make the Phils' rotation next spring, while Fisher is likely to begin the 2016 season with Class AA Reading.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: FOX 26 Houston - Mark Berman

Astros | Ken Giles acquired from Philadelphia

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 18:49:04 -0800

The Houston Astros have acquired CL Ken Giles from the Philadelphia Phillies, in exchange for SPs Brett Oberholtzer and Vincent Velasquez and OF Derek Fisher. The deal is pending a physical.

Fantasy Tip: Giles is expected to step into the team's closer role immediately, with Luke Gregerson moving to a setup role and losing most of his fantasy value. The 25-year-old right-hander went 6-3 with a 1.80 ERA and 15 saves, along with 87 strikeouts over 70 innings. Giles' fantasy value will receive a significant boost now that he is pitching for a contender and likely to see many more save opportunities.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: FOX 26 Houston - Mark Berman

Astros | Ken Giles headed to Houston?

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:24:00 -0800

Updating previous reports, the Houston Astros are close to acquiring Philadelphia Phillies RP Ken Giles, according to a source.

Fantasy Tip: Stay tuned to see if this trade actually goes through tonight before most team officials leave the winter meetings. It's expected that Giles would serve as Houston's closer, moving Luke Gregerson to more of a setup role. That'd pretty much kill any fantasy value Gregerson had with save chances. Giles proved that he is a capable closer and will gain fantasy steam if he lands with a contending team. A gaping hole in the ninth will be left in Philly if he departs.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: CSNPhilly.com - Jim Salisbury

Astros | Houston really likes Ken Giles

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:43:39 -0800

The Houston Astros' talks for Philadelphia Phillies RP Ken Giles are starting to heat up at the winter meetings.

Fantasy Tip: Giles proved he has the skills to be a successful closer for the Phillies after they traded Jonathan Papelbon away. On a rebuilding team, though, Giles' fantasy value remains limited with fewer closing opportunities. In Houston, his fantasy stock would rise considerably once the bigger relief arms came off the board. It's anyone's guess as to who would replace Giles in the ninth if he were traded away.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: CSNPhilly.com - Jim Salisbury

Astros | Ken Giles perking Astros' interest

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 09:38:23 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies RP Ken Giles was the focus of recent trade talks with the Houston Astros. Astros SP Lance McCullers and SP Vincent Velasquez were brought up by the Phillies, according to sources.

Fantasy Tip: Giles has a big-time arm and could be a high-end closer in the right situation. Being on a rebuilding team doesn't discount him as a top reliever option, but the higher win probability helps.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jerry Crasnick

Astros | HOU serious about acquiring closer

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:18:26 -0800

The Houston Astros have been described as being "hell-bent to get a closer," according to teams that have had discussions with them this offseason. They have reportedly expressed interest in Cincinnati Reds CL Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees CL Andrew Miller, Philadelphia Phillies CL Ken Giles and Tampa Bay Rays CL Brad Boxberger, in addition to considering several free-agent options.

Fantasy Tip: This appears to be bad news for incumbent Astros CL Luke Gregerson, who would slide back into an eighth-inning role if Houston acquires a closer. Gregerson went 7-3 with a 3.10 ERA and 31 saves in 64 appearances last season but ranked 24th in strikeout ratio among the 33 MLB relievers who saved at least 15 games in 2015, with 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jayson Stark

Phillies | Two teams looking at Ken Giles

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:43:16 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies RP Ken Giles is being checked out by the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins, according to sources. The Phillies could also wait to trade Giles until next July or next offseason.

Fantasy Tip: Giles is a young up-and-coming closer on a team that is rebuilding, so his fantasy value remains limited. But he has the skills to become extremely attractive if he's traded to a contending team. If he's dealt this winter, it's anyone's guess as to who would be the favorite to close for Philly in 2016. Luis Garcia and Jeanmar Gomez would be options for fantasy owners at the end of the closer picture in drafts.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal