Brewers “would not hesitate” to trade Ryan Braun

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According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers “would not hesitate” to trade Ryan Braun if they received a sensible offer. However, due to Braun’s association with performance-enhancing drugs and his propensity for injury along with his hefty contract, the Brewers would likely have trouble moving him.

Braun, 32, is beginning his five-year, $105 million contract extension signed with the Brewers back in April 2011. The outfielder hit .285/.356/.498 with 25 home runs, 84 RBI, 87 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 568 plate appearances this past season.

Braun underwent back surgery after the season but is expected to be ready for spring training in February.

The Brewers are also expected to explore trading outfielder Khris Davis as well as catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

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.