Russell Martin signing likely takes Blue Jays out of the running for Melky Cabrera

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The Blue Jays made headlines earlier today after signing catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal. The signing, ESPN’s Buster Olney writes, likely takes them out of the running for free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

As Olney notes, the Jays sacrificed a draft pick to sign Martin, but in the event Cabrera signs elsewhere, they’ll gain a pick to make it more or less a wash.

Cabrera, 30, had a fantastic 2014 campaign for the Jays, batting .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI. He easily ranks among the top free agents in this off-season’s class. The Mariners are interested in Cabrera and will certainly be happy to hear that the Jays are likely out of the picture.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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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.