The Orioles have a deal with infielder Everth Cabrera

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It was reported last week that the Orioles were close to an agreement with infielder Everth Cabrera and now CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman writes that the two sides have a deal.

Cabrera will receive a $2.4 million salary and could make an additional $600,000 with incentives. Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that the 28-year-old is expected to be at O’s camp in Sarasota, Florida tomorrow.

Cabrera was non-tendered by the Padres in December after batting just .232/.272/.300 in 391 plate appearances last season. He had a PED suspension in 2013 and has also had some off-the-field issues, including a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest after being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. However, this is a small price to pay for someone who has had some success in the past and could find his way into playing time at second base.

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.