Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are “engaged in substantive discussions with six clubs” regarding a J.T. Realmuto trade. The teams: the Braves, Dodgers, Astros, Padres, Rays, and Reds.
The Braves have been on-again-off-again rumored trade partners for Realmuto. The others could all certainly use Realmuto. Now that Yasmani Grandal is off the board and a member of the Brewers, the Marlins’ leverage is stronger, of course.
Not that it’ll be easy to land Realmuto. The Fish reportedly want a top prospect plus a catcher with MLB experience. And, being Miami, you have to assume they don’t want one who makes a ton of money, so putting a deal together may be kind of tricky.
Still: an elite hitting and fielding catcher who is only going to be 28 next year and who is under team control and making relatively little money for the next couple of years is as valuable as all get-out, so the Marlins can probably name their price.
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.