Buster Olney reports that the Padres have agreed to terms with second baseman Jedd Gyorko. Keith Law reports that it’s a six-year deal plus an option year. The deal is for $35 million with the option year going for $13 million. Escalator clauses could price the back end up.
Gyorko, 25, is beginning his second season in the bigs. In 137 career games he has a line of .242/.295/.433, which amounts to an OPS+ of 107. He would not be arbitration eligible until after the 2015 season, but apparently the Padres have seen enough of him to (a) want him long term; and (b) not want to have to deal with arbitration.
White Sox starter Iván Nova was able to escape a jam in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Astros with the help of a triple play. Nova had allowed a leadoff double to Tony Kemp, then hit Robinson Chirinos with a pitch to put runners on first and second base with no outs. Facing Jake Marisnick in a 1-1 count, Nova threw a 94 MPH fastball that Marisnick sharply grounded to Yoán Moncada right at the third base bag. Moncada quickly fired the ball to Yolmer Sánchez at second base, then Sánchez whipped the ball to José Abreu at first base just ahead of a lunging Marisnick to complete the triple-killing.
According to Baseball Almanac, it’s the 718th known triple play dating back to 1876. The last time the White Sox turned a triple play was 2016. They turned three triple plays that season, amusingly. The Astros have been victimized by two of the last three triple plays, having also hit into one on April 19 last year against the Mariners.