Rafael Soriano is the last of the unsigned prominent free agents, but that may be changing.
On the heels of Miami removing the struggling Steve Cishek from the closer role, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins have “expressed interest” in Soriano and “there has been some dialogue between the team and agent Scott Boras.”
However, according to Frisaro the 35-year-old right-hander’s asking price remains high and “Soriano isn’t the only alternative as the Marlins frantically try to figure out what to do about locking down the final outs of games.”
Soriano has plenty of closing experience, including saving 32 games with a 3.19 ERA for the Nationals last season, but he lost the job in the second half and posted a 7.29 ERA in his final 23 appearances.
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.