Report: No MLB team placed a bid on Korean outfielder Ah-seop Son

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Some surprising news to pass along here, as Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports that no MLB team placed a bid on Korean outfielder Ah-seop Son.

Son, who turns 28 in March, batted .317/.406/.472 with 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 116 games this past season for the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization. He was expected to garner plenty of interest after being put through the posting process, with one report suggesting the Orioles could make a bid. The deadline to submit bids was last Friday.

Son wasn’t regarded to be on the same level as slugging first baseman Byung-ho Park, who the Twins recently bid $12.85 million to secure exclusive negotiating rights. Still, it comes as a surprise to learn that nobody made a bid.

Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan writes that Jae-gyun Hwang, also from the Lotte Giants, is expected to be posted next. The 28-year-old third baseman slugged 28 home runs with an .870 OPS over 144 games this past season and has drawn interest from the Dodgers, among others.

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.