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Teams and players have until Friday to exchange arbitration figures

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Friday marks the deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures. Players on a team’s 40-man roster with between three and six years of major league service time (and in certain cases, between two and three) are eligible for arbitration. If the team and the player can’t come to an agreement on a salary for the 2018 season, the case will go to an arbitration hearing next month. An independent panel will decide whether the player is deserving of the salary figure he submitted or the figure the team submitted; it is either-or with no middle ground.

Thursday has seen quite a few agreements ahead of Friday’s deadline. Those are…

  • P Zach McAllister (Indians): $2.45 million (third year of arbitration eligibility of three total years)
  • OF Jake Marisnick (Astros): $1.9 million (second of four eligible years)
  • P Blake Parker (Angels): $1.8 million (first of three years)
  • P Chris Rusin (Rockies): $1.2875 million (first of three years)
  • OF Randal Grichuk (Cardinals): $2.6 million (first of three years)
  • C Mike Zunino (Mariners): $2.975 million (first of three years)
  • P Chris Hatcher (Athletics): $2.1 million (third of four years)
  • C James McCann (Tigers): $2.375 million (first of three years)
  • P Tommy Kahnle (Yankees): $1.3125 million (first of three years)
  • 3B Eduardo Escobar (Twins): $4.85 million (third of three years)
  • P Sam Freeman (Braves): $1.075 million (first of three years)
  • P Patrick Corbin (Diamondbacks): $7.5 million (third of three years)
  • OF Aaron Hicks (Yankees): $2.825 million (second of three years)
  • C Martin Maldonado (Angels): $3.9 million (third of three years)

This list will be updated as new information comes in.

Players to have avoided arbitration prior to Thursday…

  • P Cody Allen (Indians): $10.575 million (third of three years)
  • OF Khris Davis (Athletics): $10.5 million (second of three years)
  • C Cameron Rupp (Phillies): $2.05 million (first of three years)
  • P Randall Delgado (Diamondbacks): $2.25 million (third of three years)
  • OF Ryan Rua (Rangers): $870,000 (first of four years)
  • P Andrew Heaney (Angels): $800,000 (first of four years)
  • P Carson Smith (Red Sox): $850,000 (first of three years)
  • P Steven Wright (Red Sox): $1.1 million (first of three years)
  • P Tyler Thornburg (Red Sox): $2.05 million (second of three years)
  • C Steven Vogt (Brewers): $3.065 million (second of three years)
  • P Blake Wood (Angels): $1.45 million (third of three years)
  • P Robbie Erlin (Padres): $650,000 (first of three years)
  • P Chase Whitley (Braves): $800,000 (first of three years)
  • IF Andrew Romine (Mariners): $1.05 million (third of three years)
  • OF Abraham Almonte (Indians): $825,000 (first of three years)
  • P Dan Otero (Indians): signed contract extension worth $2.5 million over two years (covers second and third years of eligibility)
  • P Mike Morin (Royals): $750,000 (first of three years), later selected off waivers by the Mariners
  • P Yimi Garcia (Dodgers): $630,000 (first of three years)
  • P Danny Farquhar (White Sox): $1.05 million (second of four years)
  • P Rex Brothers (Braves): $1.1 million (second of three years)
  • P Carter Capps (Padres): $1.0625 million (second of three years)
  • P Blaine Hardy (Tigers): $795,000 (first of four years)

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.