Yasiel Puig is not going to be traded this season.
Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the Dodgers placed the 24-year-old outfielder on revocable waivers last week but promptly pulled him back when he was claimed by another team. Puig is no longer eligible to be dealt ahead of the August 31 waiver deadline.
It’s not known which club tried to acquire him.
Puig has been a disappointment in his third MLB season, batting just .241/.314/.409 entering play Tuesday, but he’s still young and on a very team-friendly contract for a player of his caliber. There’s been talk of the Dodgers being open to trade proposals, but no hint of actual negotiations taking place.
Puig is making $6.2 million this season and owed just $24.6 million total through the 2018 campaign.
You can live through some of the headaches for his relatively low cost and immense upside.
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.