Indians sign Carlos Carrasco to three-year extension

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The Indians just signed ace Corey Kluber to a five-year extension. And they’re not stopping there …

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tribe are in agreement on a new deal for right-handed starter Carlos Carrasco. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says it’s a three-year contract with two club options and will carry around $22 million in guaranteed money.

Carrasco is due to make $2.34 million in 2015 — his first year of arbitration-eligibility. This extension buys out his remaining two arbitration years and at least one year of free agency at what sounds like a pretty team-friendly rate.

The 28-year-old Venezuelan emerged as a potential co-ace to Kluber in 2014, posting a 1.49 ERA and 110 strikeouts over his final 102 2/3 innings after initially being shifted back and forth between the bullpen and rotation. He’ll start Cleveland’s second regular-season game against Scott Feldman and the Astros.

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.