Ken Giles was kind of a loose cannon on the Phillies, he came up from the minors and was a protege of veteran closer, Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon got away with a lot of antics while on the Phillies, but Giles seemed to follow in his footsteps.
For a guy like Giles to come up out of the minors and then show a lot of disrespect on the mound for a few coaching decisions as happened a few times last year, probably hastened his departure from the Phillies.
He's the type of guy who wears his heart on his sleeve though, and Giles was only on the big league team for a year and a half, you just can't act like he did and get away with it with only a couple seasons in the big leagues. The earliest Ken Giles will be arbitration for a salary is 2018, so he's under club control for a good while. Now that club control will go to the Houston Astros, as Giles was traded for a bunch of players last night.
Will Giles develop into a superstar? That remains to be seen, he had a very low ERA with the Phillies over two seasons, the Phillies used him in 69 games last year, and he posted a 1.80 ERA over those games. Great closers in the game are very rare, so it will be interesting to see what develops with Giles down in Houston.
Who did the Phillies end up with for Giles?
4 prosepects from Houston are heading to the Phillies, the top prospect is a pitcher named Vince Velasquez. Other players in the deal from Houston, P Bret Oberholtzer, OF Derek Fisher, and P Tom Eshelman. (Updated: Fisher was not part of the deal after offiically announced, it is Mark Appel going to the Phillies)
Houston was very happy to obtain Giles, who really showed a lot of poise on the mound while with the Phillies.