Ken Giles has won his arbitration case. The Houston Astros closer will earn $4.6 million in 2018, after a panel of arbitrators ruled in his favor over his team’s. The Astros submitted a bid of $4.2 million to the panel. Regardless of whether or not he emerged victorious from arbitration, next season was always going to be a big payday for Giles. He signed a one-year deal with Houston before last season for $550,100 — an absolute steal for a relief pitcher of his caliber. The 26-year-old enjoyed a career campaign in his first as the Astros’ full-time closer. He had 34 saves in 63 appearances during the regular season, allowing just 16 earned runs in 62.2 innings pitched, good for a 2.30 ERA. Giles struggled in the postseason, though, despite Houston emerging as World Series champions.