Astros reportedly acquire reliever Ken Giles from Phillies

Sep 29, 2021 魔都新茶论坛

Baseball The Astros ended their closer hunt Wednesday when they agreed to acquire Ken Giles from the Phillies for pitchers Vincent Velasquez and Brett Oberholtzer, outfielder Derek Fisher and a fourth player. The Houston Chronicle reported early Thursday that the fourth player is minor league pitcher Thomas Eshelman.Houston television station KRIV was first to report the deal was complete pending physicals. MORE: All-time saves leaders | Spector lays out why Giles should stay in setup roleGiles, 25, is considered one of the premier closing options in baseball after recording 15 saves with a 1.80 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 70 innings last season. Giles' presence allowed Philadelphia to trade Jonathan Papelbon in July. Giles also is a long-term asset; he's under team control for the next five years. Velasquez, 23, is one of Houston's top pitching prospects. He went 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings last season.Oberholtzer, 26, went 2-2 with a 4.46

ERA and a 1.59 WHIP for Houston in 2015. He's 11-20 with a 3.94 ERA in his career.Fisher, 22, batted .275/.364/.483 with 22 home runs and 87 RBIs between Single-A Quad Cities and Single-A Lancaster last season. He was selected by the Astros in the supplemental round (37th overall) of the 2014 amateur draft out of Virginia.Eshelman, 21, was the Astros' second-round selection in this year's draft out of Cal State Fullerton. He pitched in four games (all starts) between rookie-level GCL Astros and Single-A Quad Cities. He struck out eight batters in 10 1/3 innings.Houston is not done addressing its bullpen needs. It is interested in re-signing left-handed set-up man Tony Sipp.

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