Hey, a minor trade! The first (arguable) news of the new year!
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired righty Dylan Baker from the Brewers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. In other news, it would be cool if the player was actually named Cash Considerations. Someone should change their name to that.
Baker was recently designated for assignment by Milwaukee. In November the Brewers claimed him off waivers, so Baker’s offseason has been pretty eventful. His regular season was less interesting, in that he tossed only 12.2 innings with the Indians’ Double-A affiliate while returning from Tommy John surgery.
The fifth rounder from the 2012 draft has a 3.58 ERA over 48 starts and 17 relief appearances across five minor league seasons.
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.