Mariners offer three-year contract to Melky Cabrera

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Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Mariners have made a three-year contract offer to free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, but for now at least he’s holding out for a four-year deal.

This morning reports out of Baltimore said the Orioles were willing to sign Cabrera for 2-3 years, but four years was too rich for their blood. Of course, if enough teams express interest in him at three years there’s seemingly a pretty decent chance one of them will cave on the fourth year to get a deal done.

Cabrera hit .301 with 16 homers and an .808 OPS in 139 games for the Blue Jays this year and then turned down a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer, meaning any team that signs him will also forfeit a draft pick to do so.

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.