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Astros Acquire Phillies Closer Ken Giles


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The winter meetings have been hot all day Wednesday with major league and minor league ball players changing teams at a record pace.

The Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies swapped a four players, as closer Ken Giles will take his services to Houston, while the Phillies will get pitchers Vincent Velasquez and Brett Oberholtzeralong with Minor League outfielder Derek Fisher.

Giles, 24-years old and the centerpiece of the deal, saved 15 games for the Phillies in 2015, in only his second full season in the majors. He joins the back-end of the Astros bullpen that showcased Luke Gregerson, who saved 31 in 2015.

Velasquez, 23 years old, started seven of the 19 games he appeared in, finishing 1-1, with a 4.37 ERA, and 58 strikeouts in 55.2 innings.

Oberholzter, 26 years old, has been with the ‘Stros since he made his major league debut in 2013, and in three seasons, he is 11-20, with a 3.94 ERA, with 166 strikeouts in 253.2 inings.

The Phillies also land the Astros #8 prospect, 22-year-old outfielder, Derek Fisher, who batted a combined .275, with 16 home runs and 63 RBI’s between Class-A (Full) and Class-A (Adv).

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