Rangers talking with the Rockies about Wilin Rosario

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According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, the Rangers continue to talk to the Rockies about a trade for Wilin Rosario.

We heard last week that the Rockies were “trying to move” Rosario, who is a poor defensive catcher and slipped to a .739 OPS (93 OPS+) this past season. However, he would make a lot of sense for some American League teams, where he could slot in at the designated hitter spot. As Saunders notes, the Rangers are in need of a right-handed bat.

Rosario turns 25 in February and is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. MLB Trade Rumors projects that he’ll make around $3.6 million in 2015.

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.