The Hot Stove sleeps for no one. Not even you California people who won’t read this until it has been up for three hours. And you are the ones who will care about the most as it concerns your Giants who, Ken Rosenthal reports, have signed Jake Peavy to a two-year, $24 million deal.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Peavy will make $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016. He also gets a $4 million signing bonus and — this is key for a guy who has moved around like Peavy in the past could of years — a full no trade clause.
Peavy was 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts with Boston, then got traded to San Francisco and pulled off a 6-4 record with a 2.17 ERA in 12 starts for the Giants. He had a bad postseason, however, going 1-2 with a 6.19 ERA in four outings for the world champs.
Peavy, however, is not paid to be an ace anymore. He’s a third or fourth starter and, assuming he stays clear of arm troubles, should provide the Giants exactly what they’re looking for at a price that is more or less the going rate for that sort of work these day.
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.