Report: Yankees sign Carlos Silva

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According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees have signed Carlos Silva.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms Heyman’s report and adds that it is a minor league deal.

The 31-year-old right-hander posted a 4.22 ERA and an 80/24 K/BB ratio over 21 starts last season, but posted an ugly 10.90 ERA over 17 1/3 innings during spring training. The Cubs cut him loose after he refused a minor league assignment and are responsible for his $11.5 million salary for this season.

The Yankees would only have to pay him the major league minimum if he reaches the majors, so while Silva may have handled his exit from Chicago poorly, it’s worth a shot to create some depth for the starting rotation, especially in light of Phil Hughes’ recent struggles. It’s worth noting that he had success under new Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild last season.

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.