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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Mariners have reached agreement to sign Ken Giles, but don’t expect to see him pitch this season

The Mariners are on the verge of signing a hard-throwing reliever with extensive closing experience to help their bullpen … in 2022.

Major League Baseball sources confirmed a report from ESPN 710 that the club had reached an agreement with free agent pitcher Ken Giles on a two-year MLB contract.

It needs to be a multiyear contract because Giles likely won’t be healthy enough to pitch for the Mariners this season.

On Oct. 1, he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The typical recovery from the surgery to get back to full strength is 12 to 15 months. While there have been exceptions, any notion of Giles trying to expedite his recovery in the hopes of pitching this season would be risky and less than ideal.

Giles, 30, made just four appearances for the Blue Jays this past season, notching one save and posting a 9.82 ERA before the aching elbow ended his season. In 2019, Giles was dominant when healthy, posting a 2-3 record with 23 saves and a 1.87 ERA in 53 appearances. In 53 innings, he struck out a whopping 83 batters with just 17 walks. He was considered a possible trade candidate at the 2019 deadline, but concerns about elbow inflammation lowered his market.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2021 at 09:14 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Baldrick Posted: February 11, 2021 at 09:57 PM (#6004811)
The M's signed a pitcher who can't pitch in 2021.

He'll fit right in!

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