Giles agreed to a one-year, $6.3 million deal with the Blue Jays, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. While Giles wasn't lights-out for Toronto after getting traded there from Houston, he doesn't have much competition for saves to open the year. He is set for one more arbitration year in 2020 before hitting the open market.
Giles allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to pick up his 26th save of the season in a 7-6 win over the Rays. While he remains a little more hittable than his raw stuff suggests he should be -- Giles has served up four homers in 19.2 innings since joining the Jays, leading to a 4.12 ERA -- he continues to get the job done, converting all 14 of his save chances for Toronto and staying a perfect 26-for-26 on the season. With two more arbitration-eligible years ahead of him before free agency, Giles should head into next spring locked into the closer role for the Jays.
Giles picked up his 25th save of the season Wednesday against the Astros, striking out one across a perfect ninth inning. Giles needed just five pitches -- all of which were strikes -- to slam the door on his former team. The closer is now a perfect 13-for-13 in save opportunities since joining the Blue Jays at the beginning of August, posting a 4.34 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 18.2 innings over that stretch.
Giles struck out one and worked around a walk to pitch a scoreless inning and get the save Saturday against the Rays. Giles walked Ji-Man Choi with one out but recorded a strikeout and groundout to protect a three-run lead and wrap up his 24th save of the season. Since the Astros shipped him to Toronto, the right-hander has a 4.58 ERA with 12 saves, 19 strikeouts and four walks across 17.2 frames. Giles looks like he'll have the chance to enter the 2019 season as Toronto's unquestioned stopper.
Giles gave up a hit and struck out two while tossing a scoreless ninth inning and picking up the save Sunday against the Yankees. Giles continues to serve as a reliable closer for Toronto, racking up three saves in the past week. He hasn't allowed a run since Aug. 29 against Baltimore, and he appears to have found new life with the Blue Jays after struggling earlier in the season with the Astros. Giles owns a 5.05 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 49 punchouts through 46.1 innings this year.