Andrew Friedman leaving the Rays to take over as Dodgers President of Baseball Operations

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The Dodgers have a new President of Baseball Operations:

Ken Rosenthal reports that Ned Colletti has not been fired but, rather, will stay with the Dodgers as a senior advisor.

UPDATE: The Dodgers have made it official:

This is a major move for the Dodgers and a big, big move for Friedman himself. Long considered one of the game’s better general managers for his ability to do so much with such a low payroll with Tampa Bay, he now goes to the team with the highest payroll in baseball. He will presumably serve the same role for the Dodgers that Theo Epstein serves in Chicago, and will thus hire a general manager beneath him to be Jed Hoyer-west.

Also of note, at least potentially: Friedman’s background is not as a baseball lifer. Rather, he was an analyst for Bear Stearns before joining the Rays and is known for having a sharp analytical perspective. The last time the Dodgers had a young head of baseball ops with an analytical bent it was Paul DePodesta, who the local press decided they hated almost immediately, criticizing him in the dumbest, most stereotypical ways possible. It’ll be interesting to see if they take that tack once again. Or if, alternatively, the combination of the passage of time and the fact that Colletti staying around will cause them to actually give Friedman a chance.

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.