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Blue Jays designate ex-closer Sergio Santos for assignment

Jul 21, 2014, 4:16 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

Sergio Santos saved 30 games for the White Sox in 2011 and then that offseason the Blue Jays acquired him to take over as their closer, but he’s been injured and ineffective since then and today Toronto designated him for assignment.

Santos figures to pass through waivers unclaimed by the other 29 teams because a) he’s got a 7.78 ERA in 28 appearances this season, and b) he’s owed about $1.5 million for the rest of this year with $750,000 in buyouts due on future team options. There’s a good chance he’ll wind up staying with the Blue Jays at Triple-A.

Santos is still just 30 years old and as recently as last year he threw 26 innings with a 1.75 ERA and 28/4 K/BB ratio, but the injuries have repeatedly derailed what had the potential be a very strong pitching career for the converted shortstop.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    This is good news. He can no longer be trusted. The Jays also need the space on the 40 man roster, in case they either make a trade or call up Sanchez.

  2. Detroit Michael - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    I’m surprised given that Toronto gave up what was perceived to be a lot when they acquired him and he was electric as recently as the second half of 2013.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      The prospect they sent to Chicago in the trade has also been injured a lot and has disappointed the White Sox. If you had watched Santos pitch this season, you would understand why the Jays have lost faith in him.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Obviously, the Tigers and other teams will do their homework. I expect that some team with a better position on the claim list than Detroit will put in a claim; so, if the Tigers actually want him, they would have to work out a trade.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    For those Jays fans who wonder why the Jay’s did not simply DFA Santos when they claimed Mills, I suspect the reason is because they planned to transfer top prospect Sanchez to the pen in Buffalo and needed someone to replace him in the rotation in Buffalo. That someone is Chad Jenkins who had been a long reliever in Toronto. Jenkins had started several games in Buffalo earlier in the season. For now, Rasmussen has been called up from Buffalo to replace Santos in the pen. I expect that he is just keeping the seat warm for Sanchez. With Rasmussen and Mills, the Jays currently have 4 lefties in the pen.

    The Jays would need spots on the 40 man rotation if they were to promote Sanchez and when Morrow comes off the DL.

    • canadiansportsfan77 - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Man I hope not, keep Sanchez in AAA to work his game. He hasn’t done anything to warrant a promotion yet. No point in sending him to the majors when he can’t control his fastball yet.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        The Jays have tweaked his delivery and say that his control is much better.

      • canadiansportsfan77 - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        Jays say many things…dont mean its true. AA says he has payroll space, but everyone knows he doesn’t

  4. canadiansportsfan77 - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    I doubt he makes it through, definitely worth taking a waiver on. A team like the Mets, Astros, CWS could pluck this guy and end up with a dominant closer again

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