Report: Rangers to sign Lance Lynn to three-year deal

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MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are nearing a three-year deal with starter Lance Lynn. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the deal is worth $30 million in total.

Lynn, 31, pitched for the Twins and Yankees last season, posting an aggregate 4.77 ERA with a 161/76 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings across 29 starts and two relief appearances. He pitched much better after the Twins traded him to the Yankees ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. With the Twins, he had a 5.10 ERA with 100 strikeouts and 62 walks in 102 1/3 innings. With the Yankees, he had a 4.14 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 14 walks in 54 1/3 innings.

Coming off of a strong 2017 season with the Cardinals, Lynn had to settle for a one-year deal with the Twins, so it’s a bit surprising that he was able to get a three-year deal coming off of a comparatively weaker campaign.

Lynn will join a starting rotation that currently includes Mike Minor, Drew Smyly, Edinson Volquez, Yohander Méndez, and Ariel Jurado.

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.