This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
The trade deadline has come and gone, and I, quite frankly, found it rather exciting. Unless you are in an AL-only league and were holding out cash for a big crossover target, odds are you enjoyed it as well. The balance of talent mostly shifted to the National League the last few days, but the American League was not completely robbed.
I think my favorite part about the deadline was when a fake Ken Rosenthal duped a Milwaukee beat writer into saying the Brewers had acquired Jonathan Schoop 90 minutes before the real Ken Rosenthal reported the Brewers had in fact acquired Jonathan Schoop:
Now, let's look at the moves that happened since Monday and how the changes in scenery may impact the player.
Houston and Toronto swap relievers: Ken Giles to Toronto, human garbage to Houston.
Giles was in desperate need of a change of scenery. He was terrible in April 2017 and finished the year well before his issues in the postseason. The numbers this year have been a bit of everything with him having tremendous troubles stranding runners, but he has vastly improved his walks while sacrificing some strikeouts. His strikeout rate is the lowest it has been at any phase of his career. The trade should get Giles back to the major leagues, which helps his value, though it is unlikely he would go into the closer role in Toronto given the team has been fine without the services of their closer most of the