The Mets may not be buyers at the deadline

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Via Ken Davidoff, word, from Larry King of all people, that Mets owner Fred Wilpon’s losses to scamster Bernie Madoff were way bigger than most of us speculated:

“There was a time when we were almost going to give him everything,”
says King. “In fact, Morgan Stanley, who I invest with, those guys used
to tell me, ‘This guy is amazing.’ I never met him, never talked to
him. We’d get the monthly statement. He was kind of like a mystery man.
He’d turn down people. My brother said, ‘Can I get to invest with
him?’–he turned him down. I think that added to the mystique.” King
mentions that the man who got King with Madoff, New York Mets owner
Fred Wilpon, lost $700 million. “Freddie says he’s not angry,” King
says, “he’s betrayed.”

I think it’s fair to say that the Mets will not be serious buyers at the trade deadline.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.