Dodgers trade targets: Ken Giles, RP
The Toronto Blue Jays avoided arbitration this offseason by signing closer Ken Giles for $9.6 million this season. The 29-year-old reliever is entering his final season of team-control before he becomes a free agent, which could put him on the trading block if Toronto is looking for a high-end return on a piece competitive teams would jockey to acquire.
The Dodgers currently have Kenley Jansen ready to return to the closer role this season, with Pedro Baez and Joe Kelly setting him up. But if one of those arms gets hurt, or if they would like to improve upon the bridge to get to Jansen, perhaps Giles becomes an option worth exploring.
Of course, Giles was part of the 2017 Houston Astros team that cheated their way to the World Series title, so there would be some added baggage in adding him to the Los Angeles locker room, but that hasn’t stopped the team from adding players such as Joe Kelly or David Price, who played on the 2018 Red Sox team that also stole signs on way to their World Series title over the Dodgers – although evidence was insufficient to prove the Red Sox did it in the postseason.
Giles is coming off his best season in the majors, pitching to a 1.87 ERA over 53 appearances for Toronto last season. He would be a welcome addition to the Dodgers bullpen.