Giles pitched just 3.2 innings in 2020, but he was one of the best receivers in baseball in 2019. He pitched to a 1.87 ERA and 2.27 FIP while striking out an average of 14.09 batters per nine innings. He’ll be looking for a fresh start in 2021, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that he signed a two-year, $7M deal with the Mariners. The contract also includes options and incentive bonuses that could bring the total value to $19M over three years. He’ll only make $1M in 2021 — plus a $500K signing bonus — with the majority of the money coming on the back end.
The Mariners were in desperate need of help in their bullpen. None of their relievers were particularly effective last season, and they ranked 23rd in team ERA. Giles is almost guaranteed to start the year as the closer.
That said, Giles may not get many save opportunities. The Mariners are listed at just +8000 to win the World Series and +2000 to win the AL West on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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