Indians decline option on OF Coco Crisp

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The Indians officially declined Coco Crisp‘s $13 million option for 2017 on Sunday, per a team announcement. The move was expected, as Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com first announced on Friday. Crisp will receive a $750,000 buyout before hitting free agency on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old outfielder was dealt to the Indians in August for Athletics’ left-hander Colt Hynes. He batted .231/.302/.397 in 498 PA between the two clubs, putting up 13 home runs and 55 RBI and hitting a career-low mark with 10 stolen bases, the fewest he’s nabbed in a full major league season to date.

Crisp’s declining numbers and veteran status left him on the bench for the bulk of his season with the Athletics, a strategy he believed was intentional so the team could prevent his option from vesting in 2017. He finished the year with 122 regular season appearances and returned in the postseason with a .269 average and three home runs during the Indians’ World Series run.

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.