Ryan Madson declines $11M mutual option for 2013

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The Reds wouldn’t have picked it up anyway, so right-hander Ryan Madson beat the team to the punch on Wednesday night and declined his half of an $11 million mutual option for the 2013 season.

This according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Madson gets a hefty $2.5 million buyout and will officially become a free agent this Saturday.

The 32-year-old missed the entire 2012 season following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he began throwing recently and is hoping to be completely recovered by the start of spring training.

Madson registered a 2.37 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 62/16 K/BB ratio across 60 2/3 innings for the Phillies in 2011 while converting 32-of-34 save chances. He boasts a 2.89 ERA in 329-plus innings since the start of 2007.

The Reds have interest in re-signing him, though they probably won’t offer him the opportunity to close.

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.