Freddy Garcia’s contract with Padres worth $1.3 million

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Freddy Garcia signed a minor-league contract with the Padres and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the deal is worth $1.3 million, plus another $1.25 million in potential incentives.

So he’ll likely make the team and secure a spot in the Opening Day rotation at age 36, but the Padres can delay any roster decisions because he doesn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster yet.

Garcia had a 5.20 ERA in 107 innings for the Yankees last season and is running on fumes velocity-wise, but posted his best strikeout rate in years and had a 3.62 ERA for New York in 2011. And of course Petco Park is a good spot for any pitcher.

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.