The Cubs closer situation is not good. Pedro Strop has been on the IL since May 6th. Brandon Morrow has been out since last July. With both injuries, the Cubs currently do not have a closer. However, it’s being reported that Theo Epstein and the Cubs are inquiring:
On Inside the Clubhouse @670TheScore Jays broadcaster Buck Maritinez confirmed the Cubs have asked about the availability of closer Ken Giles
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) May 18, 2019
Ken Giles is under contract for this season with arbitration next season. He is 1-1 with a 1.47 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 19 games. Giles has converted 9 saves in 10 opportunities this season.
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Giles was traded from the Astros to Toronto at the deadline last July. For his career since 2014, Giles is 13-16 with a 2.73 ERA. He has 100 saves in 115 career save opportunities.
Just because the Cubs have checked-in on Giles doesn’t mean he’s the potential closer trade candidate. The Cubs have likely asked about other closers too, hoping to solidify the bullpen.