Ian Kinsler’s 2018 option vests

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Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors noted that Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler had his 2018 option vest on Tuesday night when he took his 600th plate appearance of the season. The option is worth $11 million. Adams also points out that the option doesn’t become official until the end of the season as he mustn’t end the season on the disabled list.

Kinsler, 35, entered Tuesday’s action batting .236/.313/.416 with 22 home runs, 51 RBI, 88 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 598 plate appearances. His .729 OPS ranks as the second-worst of his career behind 2014 (.727).

Kinsler may not actually open up the 2018 season with the Tigers. The team traded J.D.  Martinez, Justin Verlander, and Justin Upton — among others — this summer to begin a rebuilding effort, one that almost certainly doesn’t see Kinsler in its future.

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.