Report: The Dodgers would move Yasiel Puig “in the right deal”

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We know that the Dodgers are likely to add a pitcher or two before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline, but could they also deal Yasiel Puig in the process? Bob Nightengale of USA Today hears that it’s possible.

“In the right deal” can mean a lot of things. Teams should be open-minded to all sorts of possibilities, so this doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Also keep in mind that the Dodgers would be selling low on Puig, who missed a bunch of time this season with a hamstring injury and has underwhelmed somewhat with a .253/.327/.423 batting line over 53 games. Regardless of his popularity in the clubhouse, he’s insanely talented, young, and under team control through 2019.

By the way, it was reported over the weekend that Puig was recently given assurances from the Dodgers that he wouldn’t be traded this season. Well, Puig told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that it didn’t happen. Still, it would take a pretty big deal for the Dodgers to even consider the possibility of trading the dynamic outfielder.

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.