Melky Cabrera wants to play for the Blue Jays in 2015

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Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera suffered a broken pinkie finger last night diving back into first base. He’ll undergo season-ending surgery, which understandably has the 10-year veteran thinking about next season.

The Jays can extend a $14.1 million qualifying offer to Cabrera, and if he rejects, he can become a free agent. It sounds like Cabrera is already leaning towards a return, according to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm:

“I love the city of Toronto, I have great teammates, a great club,” Cabrera said. “This was the club that gave me the opportunity after I got in trouble a few years ago [with a 50-game PED suspension] and I want to stay.”

In November 2012, the Blue Jays signed Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million deal despite his having been suspended after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Cabrera had a poor 2013 showing, due largely to a benign tumor on his spine. He bounced back and had a great 2014 season, posting a .301/.351/.458 slash line with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 621 plate appearances.

Cabrera turned 30 on August 11, so there would be some interest in his services if he were to make it into free agency, but the draft pick compensation attached to him — assuming the Jays make a qualifying offer — might temper the market as it had for Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales, among others.

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.