Report: Frank McCourt close to agreeing to sell Dodgers

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It looks like Bud Selig may get his wish.

According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Frank McCourt “appears close” to an agreement with MLB on a bankruptcy settlement in which he would agree to sell the Dodgers.

We learned last week that the Dodgers’ bankruptcy trial was postponed for a month so that the two sides could explore the possibility of a settlement and sale.

Negotiations are fluid and could break down at any time, but Shaikin writes that the deal would “probably” include Dodger Stadium and the surrounding parking lots. It’s expected that McCourt would have some control over the sale, which could command a record asking price of $1 billion or more.

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.