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Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos

Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 1:52 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


DALLAS -- The Blue Jays have acquired closer Sergio Santos from the White Sox for minor-league pitcher Nestor Molina. An announcement was made in the media room at the MLB Winter Meetings.

Santos will be the Blue Jays' closer for the 2012 season. The 28-year-old right-hander had 30 saves in 36 chances for the White Sox in 2011. He had a 3.55 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and a whopping 92 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings. Santos is signed for less than $3 million per season through 2014, so he's a very affordable back-end option for the Jays.

The back-end of the bullpen was a major weakness for the 81-81 Jays, who blew 25 saves. Only the Astros had a worse save percentage than the Blue Jays' paltry 57 percent figure in all of baseball.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopolous told reporters in the media room that Santos is definitely the 2012 closer and that they loved having team control for up to six years (Santos has three club options at the end of his current deal).

As for the White Sox, this could definitely be the first move in a bit of a firesale. Santos has a very team-friendly contract, so moving him for a prospect would seem to be part of something bigger. The White Sox have lots of payroll locked up in aging veterans and one of the worst minor-league systems in baseball. Gavin Floyd, John Danks and Carlos Quentin have been reportedly on the trade block, so this is certainly something to watch as the meetings progress.

Molina, 22, was 10-3 with a 2.58 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 115 strikeouts in 108 1/3 innings in High-A last season. He was then promoted to Double-A, where he was utterly dominant in five starts. He went 2-0 with a 0.41 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 33 strikeouts against just two walks in 22 innings. Anthopolous said there was a lot of "heated debate" among club officials whether or not to part with Molina, but that getting Santos in return was worth the price.

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Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos

Jays' Santos Deal Makes Mets Look Dumb

Jays traded for Santos (30 saves) and dumped Rauch (11) saves and Francisco (17) saves. Santos is a bargain at less than $3M per season through 2014 with 3 club options. Mets sign Frankie for $12M over 2 years and Rauch for undisclosed numbers (say $1M plus performance bonuses).  AA gets A plus for this move. Mets lose Reyes to Marlins and sign two mediocre bullpen guys. Mets will be bottom feeders for years.




Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos

way to copy and paste everything he just said.



Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:52 am
 

Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos

Toronto Blue Jays made a great trade for Serigo Santos for minor-league pitcher Nestor Molina at MLB Winter Meetings in Dallas,Texas.He had a 3.55 ERA,1.11 WHIP and a whopping 92 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings.Santos is signed for less than $3 million per season through 2014 MLB season with Blue Jays.Meanwhile,Molina,22 yrs of age was 10-3 with a 2.58 ERA,1.07 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in 108 1/3 innings in High-A last season and he was then promoted to Double-A with five starts and he went 2-0 with a 0.41 ERA,0.64 WHIP and 33 strikeouts against just 2 walks in 22 innings.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:22 am
 

Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos

   Now c'mon AA, bring us Prince Fielder who has said he would welcome playing for the Jays. We could then get another starter, maybe JJ out of Atlanta, or Garza, heck maybe we take Danks for a bag of hammers and he has a great year! Either way, I like this signing and I can just smell a hint of post-season already.

    I think AA and ASH and the rest of the Blue Jay bras feel this is a good time to spend as the AL East looks up for grabs. I truly hope we become contenders. I long for the glory days.... IT'S TIME!
In spirt I agree completely, would love to see Prince in a Jays uniform. I just hope it is something legit and not just another Toronto media fueled rumor. When did Fielder say he would welcome playing for the Jays?



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos

haha, it would be sooo awesome to get Danks, and watch him squirm when he meets Bautista...or we can just dress him up in a white suit and put him in CF.



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos

    Now c'mon AA, bring us Prince Fielder who has said he would welcome playing for the Jays. We could then get another starter, maybe JJ out of Atlanta, or Garza, heck maybe we take Danks for a bag of hammers and he has a great year! Either way, I like this signing and I can just smell a hint of post-season already.

    I think AA and ASH and the rest of the Blue Jay bras feel this is a good time to spend as the AL East looks up for grabs. I truly hope we become contenders. I long for the glory days.... IT'S TIME!



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos

I just know that the Jays have the best scouting in the league and they see enough in this guy to make the trade. Anthopolous has said deals like this that make you really question who got the better player tend pretty fair, so it really came down to what the Jays needed. The Jays gave up a solid prospect who could have a bright future, but in return they got a proven closer that doesnt cost a lot and can be controlled for the next 6 years.

This guy will be the closer, but even if he finds another bullpen role down the line, he could be a solid reliever for the team, which is what the Jays needed. If he can close out games, he will be a very important piece for this franchise. As a Jays fan, i really hope Santos is the answer we've been looking for, last season was an absolute nightmare for our closers!



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos

Nice addition for the Blue Jays. 



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos

To assume nobody knew about this guy 24 hours ago is a big presumption.  There was alot of talk about this kid last year to anyone who listened to any of the post game shows or with the age of the internet followed them there.  John Farrell even talked a few weeks ago(and yes, I do realize I said a few weeks ago) talked about him being tried out as the closer.

The Jays are giving up a great prospect, but they are deep in prospects, rated #3 in all of baseball the Jays system is.  Just when Alvarez was called up, I was actually hoping they'd give Molina a try, but I understood he didn't have as much experience, so why rush.  I think this is a good trade for both teams.  There are club options on Santos for 3 years after the first 3 years of his contract.  It could be really good for the Sox if Molina continues to develop.  Last year, he was considered to have as good as stuff as Dave Stieb had.



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos

After blowing 25 saves (and even more leads) late in games last season, it was clear they had to do something with the closer spot.  This was a good move to address their issues in this area - one more piece of the puzzle that AA's been working on since he took over.


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