Padres general manager A.J. Preller has been very active on the trade front this offseason, but he might not be done yet.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres have discussed the Brewers’ Luis Sardinas as an option for shortstop. Sardinas was just acquired from the Rangers two weeks ago along with right-handers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan in the Yovani Gallardo deal. It’s unclear whether the Brewers have any interest in flipping him this quickly and there haven’t been any recent trade talks, but they have a need in their bullpen at the moment and the Padres have some interesting arms to offer.
As of now, the Padres currently project to go with some combination of Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes at shortstop in 2015. Known for his glove, the 25-year-old Sardinas made his major league debut last season and batted .261/.303/.313 over 125 plate appearances while making starts between shortstop, second base, and third base. Preller knows Sardinas well from his time in Texas.
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.