The Dodgers can have quite a firesale if they want.
ESPN and SiriusXM’s Jim Bowden reports that the record six-year, $147 million contract committed Saturday to free agent right-hander Zack Greinke does not include a no-trade clause. Also without no-trade protection are center fielder Matt Kemp, who agreed to an eight-year, $160 million extension in November 2011, and right fielder Andre Ethier, who signed for five years and $85 million this past June.
The Dodgers are still operating with great comfort financially, so there’s no reason for them to want to ship off any of these parts. But that could of course change at some point in the future.
Greinke’s contract runs through 2018, Ethier’s goes until 2017 and Kemp is signed through 2019.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.