The Red Sox are “an extreme long shot” to acquire Giancarlo Stanton

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Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that, while the Red Sox have been mentioned as a possible suitor of Giancarlo Stanton, they are “an extreme long shot” to make a deal with Miami to acquire him.

The Marlins, Drellich’s source tells him, want both a haul of prospects and salary relief on the $295 million owed Stanton. That’s a steep enough price as it is, but it’s also probably a big bluff given that the Marlins were reported yesterday to be taking the position that, if they can’t trade Stanton, they’ll just cut payroll to the bone otherwise, showing that they’re content to field a terrible team to save money. Based on that, I suspect that, if they do trade Stanton, Miami will do so in a straight salary dump and get little in return.

If Boston — or San Francisco or St. Louis or Los Angeles or any of the other teams interested — wants Stanton, they should wait. The Marlins will ultimately let him go for surprisingly little, I suspect.


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.