Report: Giancarlo Stanton’s agents meet with Giants front office officials

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SiriusXM’s Craig Mish reported that San Francisco Giants executives met with representatives for Giancarlo Stanton in Los Angeles last night in Los Angeles.

A followup report from Joe Frisaro of MLB.com said that, the meeting notwithstanding, reaching agreement on a trade is not considered imminent. It’s hard, however, to imagine that Stanton’s people and the Giants’ people would be meeting unless there was something on the table for Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, to discuss or approve. Often in such situations would-be acquiring clubs are given 24-48 hour windows with which to negotiate with the player in question. It’s not unreasonable, then, to assume that there exists at least a deal in principle between the Marlins and Giants.

Yesterday Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the Marlins would be willing to accept second baseman Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw from the Giants if the Giants committed to taking on at least $250 million of Stanton’s salary. It’s a deal that, one would think, San Francisco would make if available.

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.