The Marlins lose their grievance over Dan Jennings’ salary

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Last week the Miami Marlins filed a grievance over the salary of their former manager and GM Dan Jennings. Jennings, now a special assistant to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, is reportedly being paid $100,000 by the Nats. He’s still owed $1.5 million by the Marlins, which can be reduced by any amount he earns elsewhere. The Marlins argued that the $100,000 salary was too low given his responsibilities with Washington and, as such, they should have more offset from their $1.5 million figure.

Regardless of the merits of the argument, it’s a pretty petty and bush league position for the Marlins to take. They jerked Jennings around pretty thoroughly, putting him in a position in which he was almost certain to fail and then showing him the door. That aside, the money at issue here was very low. Even if they had a good case it’s on the order of a few thousand dollars most likely.

Ken Rosenthal reported this morning, however, that they didn’t even have a good case. The Marlins have lost their grievance. Which is super sad for them, as that’s a few thousand less Jeff Loria will have available to pay himself a salary for doing nothing.

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.