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Report: Rangers, Blue Jays deal fell apart due to physical

Dec 9, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto Reuters

According to’s Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays and Rangers were involved in a three-team deal last month that would have sent reliever Sergio Santos to Texas, but that the deal fell apart because another player failed his physical.

Santos would have helped make up for the loss of Joe Nathan to Detroit. He missed almost all of 2012 because of a torn labrum and then much of last season with a sore elbow, but once healthy, he posted a 1.75 ERA and a 28/4 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays. He could have joined Neftali Feliz, Joakim Soria and possibly Tanner Scheppers in the mix for saves in Texas.

There isn’t any word on who else or what other team was involved in the trade, and given that this all went down a couple of weeks ago, it doesn’t seem likely that it will be revived. Santos, though, might be attractive to another team once more free agent closers and setup men come off the board.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    I wonder who failed the physical (Feliz?). It was not Santos who was terrific once he came off the DL. The Jays have a surplus of hard throwing relief pitchers and need a quality starting pitcher. I fully expect that either Santos or Delabar will be traded.

    • cur68 - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      I hope its Santos and not Delabar. Delabar may be held together with baling wire and screws, but he’s been far more effective than Santos. Besides, I like the idea that he’s more machine than man. Gives him that Sith Lord aura.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        The demand for Santos is probably stronger due to Delabar’s bionic elbow.

      • missthemexpos - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        Seem to remember your posting the X-Ray of Delabars arm earlier in the year, truly amazing the way it is held together.

      • cur68 - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Yep. That arm is a thing of wonder to behold. Screws, wire and maybe some spackle. Still, if you ever watch him pitch, you’d soon forget about the hardware. He’s got a lightening bolt moving fast ball a pretty decent change up, too. Hope he stays in Beaver Land.

  2. dylanthom2013 - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Hopefully Feliz gets his 99-mph fastball back along with the closers’ job. Think you need someone who can rear back get the crucial K. Scheppers doesn’t strike too many guys out despite his huge fastball. He’s more of a pitch-to-contact groundball-inducing guy (’14 GB:FB = 1.63). Ideal setup guy. Soria makes a nice calm vet setup guy who can close in a pinch. Cotts throws hard for a lefty and could close out a game if we’re facing a LH-hitter. Adding another vet option for the closing job isn’t a bad idea, but we should feel comfortable with the amount of options we have for the spot already.

    • dylanthom2013 - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      “and” get the crucial K…

    • dbdntx - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      “Hopefully Feliz gets his 99-mph fastball back along with the closers’ job. Think you need someone who can rear back get the crucial K.”

      Game 6 of the 2011 World Series Texas leads series 3-2
      Bottom of 9th with 2 outs Texas leads 7-5
      Runners on 1st & 2nd with a count of 1 ball 2 strikes
      1 strike away from the 1st World Series win in Rangers history……

      Feliz throws a 98 mph fastball and gives up a 2 run triple and St. Louis goes on to win the game and the WS. I think that would qualify as a “crucial K”. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’ll ever get another chance.

  3. yahmule - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    I would be surprised if Soria doesn’t claim the closer job and hold onto it at some point.

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