Blue Jays Designate Sergio Santos For Assignment

3:02pm: Anthopoulos tells reporters, including Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star, that he made no effort to trade Santos and has already placed him on waivers (Twitter link). Santos did not ask to be traded, either. Toronto’s hope is that Santos will clear waivers and head to Triple-A to rediscover his form.

2:18pm: The Blue Jays announced that they have designated right-hander Sergio Santos for assignment and recalled southpaw Rob Rasmussen from Triple-A Buffalo.

Santos, 31, has rarely been healthy since the Blue Jays surprisingly acquired him from the White Sox prior to the 2012 season. He missed the majority of his first season north of the border following surgery to repair a frayed labrum in his shoulder, and last season he was sidelined by triceps injuries. This year, a forearm strain has shelved Santos and likely contributed to some significant struggles on the mound.

Santos looked excellent in 25 2/3 innings last season — he posted a 1.75 ERA with a 28-to-4 K/BB ratio — but he’s been lost in 2014. The former ChiSox stopper has a 7.78 ERA wit 26 strikeouts and 17 walks in 19 2/3 innings. His command issues haven’t just been limited to free passes, as he’s also uncorked four wild pitches in that relatively short amount of time.

Suffice it to say, if this is the end of his time with the Jays, Santos’ tenure in Toronto didn’t pan out as well as GM Alex Anthpoulos had hoped when he plucked him from the South Siders in exchange for prospect Nestor Molina. However, it appears that Anthopoulos still did a commendable job of selling high on Molina, who had a 2.21 ERA in 130 1/3 innings in 2011 but has posted a combined 4.56 ERA across three levels in Chicago’s minor league system since. Now 25 years old, he has thrown just four innings at the Triple-A level — all of which came in 2012.

The Jays still owe Santos roughly $1.43MM of this season’s $3.75MM salary, as well as a $750K buyout on the first of three club options in the three-year, $8.25MM extension he originally signed with the Sox.


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22 Comments on "Blue Jays Designate Sergio Santos For Assignment"


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EightMileCats
11 months 16 days ago

His WHIP above 2 screams stay away… but he was really good recently

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rikersbeard
11 months 16 days ago

and has an absolutely wipeout slider.

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Rally Weimaraner
11 months 15 days ago

Which is also why he walks 7.1 batters per 9.

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theUpdate23
11 months 15 days ago

*had

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11 months 15 days ago

no he still has it, he has just lost all command of his fastball

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thefridge99
11 months 16 days ago

No lose situation for the Jays here. If someone claims him, they free up some much needed cash, if no one does, he goes down to Buffalo to sort things out.

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11 months 15 days ago

He’s only making 3.75M this year, and the pro-rated portion of this contract for the remainder of the year should absolutely not be what prevents the Jays from adding more payroll.

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D.j. Wilson
11 months 16 days ago

Before the deal with Colorado for Drew Pomeranz surfaced, I read that Billy almost traded Brett Anderson to Toronto for him. Guess we dodged a bullet on that one…

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thefridge99
11 months 15 days ago

Either that or you read something false…

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D.j. Wilson
10 months 25 days ago

It was reported on this site!

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Snoochies8
11 months 16 days ago

Oh man this makes me even happier the A’s didn’t trade Anderson for.him and instead traded for pomeranz

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Michael Kenny
11 months 16 days ago

Bad breaks for the Surge Protector. I’ve liked the kid since we learned about him in Spring Training 2010, and I hope he gets back soon.