RHP Ken Giles
Atlanta signed Giles, a veteran MLB reliever, to a minor league deal that included an invite to Spring Training on February 2.
An eight-year MLB veteran, Giles comes to Atlanta having pitched only a combined eight innings at the major league level since 2020. The most recent of those came in 2022 with the Seattle Mariners in which he pitched 4.1 scoreless innings with the club, and then spent all the 2023 season in the minor leagues of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization by struggling with a combined 8.55 ERA across 20 IP, a majority of which came in Triple-A.
Across his MLB career, Giles has over 350+ games of major league experience, with a majority of his action having come as a closer. Over his career, Giles has a combined 2.71 ERA with a 484:114 K:BB ratio across 355.1 IP, along with 115 saves and a World Series title with the Houston Astros in 2017.
Yes, Giles is coming off a season in which he struggled in the minor leagues. However, there is no denying that the right-hander has extensive MLB experience, and will be an interesting name to watch for during Spring Training to see if he can factor into Atlanta's bullpen plans to start the year.