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Ken Giles Has Been Traded to the Astros

It looks like the Phillies have made a move at the Winter Meetings after all. Ken “100 mile” Giles, has been traded to the Astros.

It seems like the Phillies are set to acquire pitchers Vince Velasquez, Brett Oberholtzer and outfielder DEREK Fisher from Houston (I think Mark may have had a typo up there). Obviously the trade depends on everyone passing their physicals.

Some reports have a fourth player included for the Phillies, but a name hasn’t surfaced yet and will probably be a “player to be named later.”

Vincent Velasquez was a second-round pick by the Astros in the 2010 draft. He reaches 95 mph with the fastball and possesses an 85-mph slider that produces swings and misses. He also works with a curveball and changeup. He appears to be a big league ready pitcher.

Ken Giles Trade

Last season Velasquez started the season at Double-A Corpus Christi, was promoted to the big leagues in early June, sent back to Corpus Christi in early August and returned to the big leagues to stay later in the month.

Oberholtzer a Delaware native, started 42 games over the last three years but found himself demoted last season after throwing at Yankees Alex Rodriguez … seriously …


During his stint in Triple-A the Astros traded for fellow left-handed starter Scott Kazmir, seemingly blocking Oberholtzer’s path back to the big show.

Derek Fisher is a Western Pennsylvania native. This hard-hitting outfielder managed to hit two grand slams, three home runs, and 12 RBI’s in his Class A California League debut for the Astros.

Details on the fourth player are still unknown. As soon as we hear something though, we’ll make it a point of passing it along.

Although it seems like all of these players will likely start the season in the Phillies farm system, it certainly gives the impression that Klentak is continuing to keep his eyes fixed firmly on the future of the club.


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