We take a deeper look at the Seattle Mariners’ reported decision to sign free agent relief pitcher Ken Giles to a two-year deal.
The Seattle Mariners are usually among the more active MLB teams when it comes to making roster moves. If the latest news is any indication, they are about to welcome a new addition to the Pacific Northwest.
As first reported by Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710, the Mariners have signed free agent pitcher Ken Giles to a two-year contact. Pending official confirmation from the team themselves, what’s interesting about this move is he will more than likely not be ready to contribute until 2022.
This is because Giles dealt with arm injuries during last season and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in September. The recovery period for this is usually between a year and 15 months, putting him on schedule to be ready for spring training next year.
As long as the 30-year-old makes a full recovery, he should prove to be an excellent addition. Here are three reasons Mariners fans should be encouraged by the decision to sign him:
1) Improvement in closing out games
The Mariners were already well-placed when it came to closing out games, ranking 10th in the Majors last year with a 65 % save percentage. Regardless, the addition of Giles should only help strengthen this facet of their game.
During his seven years at the Major League level, the Albuquerque, New Mexico native has saved 115 of a possible 130 games, meaning a 88.5 % save percentage. If anything, he has actually improved in this particular role as his career has progressed.
Consider that Giles was money in 2018, closing out all 26 of his save opportunities. This included 12 with the Houston Astros and then another 14 after being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Giles continued the impressive work during his one full season with the Blue Jays, saving 23 of a possible 24 games. For what it’s worth, he did close out his one save opportunity last year prior to his surgery.
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