The Brewers may deal, but they aren’t going to deal Jonathan Lucroy

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With the firing of Ron Roenicke and the hiring of Craig Counsell, a couple of Brewers commentators observed yesterday that the club could be poised for “major changes,” which could easily mean “tear-down” and/or “fire sale.”

It makes sense. I mean, yes, there is a lot of talent on this club, but health woes and the hole they’re already in, not to mention thin pitching, suggests that one last gear-up-and-go with this roster is not likely to be successful. Doug Melvin will likely be dealing away talent this summer.

But if he does. there is one bit of talent Milwaukee won’t be dealing:

Understandable given that he’s locked up on a pretty team-friendly deal. Lucroy, 28, is making only $3 million this season and $4 million next year. There’s a $5.25 million club option for 2017. Just a great deal even if he doesn’t come close to repeating his 2014 numbers.

So, if you are interested in a Matt Garza or a Kyle Lohse, call Mr. Melvin. But save your calls if you’re looking for a catcher.

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.