The Mets and Yoenis Cespedes are talking about an opt-out after one year

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Take all of this with a GIGANTIC grain of salt, but Buster Olney reports that the Mets and Yoenis Cespedes are discussing a three-year contract that would include an opt-out after the first year.

I say take it with a grain of salt because nothing the Mets have said or done so far makes them seem terribly serious about bringing back Cespedes. Indeed, to the extent they have been mentioned in rumors at all it is almost always after something is reported about the Nationals’ interest or some comment from Cespedes or his people. Indeed, everything the Mets have done is more satisfactorily explained by them wanting to either (a) look like they’re involved to save face when he goes elsewhere; or (b) drive up the price some other team has to pay for him. If the Mets were super serious we’d be hearing about competitive offers on similar terms to that of the competition. Not three-year deals when he wants four or five. Not one-year opt-outs when he is on record saying that he wants to be in New York.

Cespedes is clearly using the Mets as a stalking horse too, of course. It’s business for everyone involved, not just the Mets. But I will refuse to believe that the Mets are invested in brining Cespedes back until the very moment there is a confirmed report that they have a deal with him.

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.