Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins have made a six-year offer to Jose Fernandez for someplace in the vicinity of $40 million in guaranteed dollars.
Of course, Fernandez is a Scott Boras client and rare is the Scott Boras client who doesn’t make it to free agency. At the moment Fernandez only has two years of service time so he hasn’t even hit arbitration. It’s possible, though, that the Marlins are calculating that Fernandez, fresh off of Tommy John surgery, may feel a little more vulnerable at the moment than your typical Boras client and jump at guaranteed riches.
Seems doubtful, but I suppose it’s worth a try.
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.