The 35-year-old Santiago has spent most of his 13-year MLB career in the AL. He spent his first season in the NL in 2014 with the Reds. He hit .246 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 75 games for Cincinnati last season.
The 32-year-old Belisario posted a 5.56 ERA over 66 1/3 innings with the White Sox last season. While his performance looks spotty on the surface, Belisario managed to cut his walk rate by three percent last season. He had awful luck with men on base, which may have contributed to his struggles. Belisario actually posted a 3.54 FIP, so there's a chance at a possible rebound.
The Blue Jays have been linked to a number of free-agent relievers, including Rafael Soriano, Francisco Rodriguez and Burke Badenhop.
The team has been in contact with
Rodriguez, 33, posted a 3.04 ERA over 68 innings last year. He saved 44 games with Milwaukee.
The 35-year-old Soriano posted a 3.19 ERA over 62 innings last season. He lost his closer role late in the season after going into a bit of a slump.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos told the station that Smoak could begin the season in the minors if he struggles during spring training. The 28-year-old joined the club in the offseason, and is expected to compete for a backup role.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Melky Cabrera , LF||.301|
|HR||Jose Bautista , RF||35|
|RBI||Jose Bautista , RF||103|
|OBP||Jose Bautista , RF||.403|
|SLG||Edwin Encarnacion , 1B||.547|
|R||Jose Bautista , RF||101|
|SB||Jose Reyes , SS||30|
|W||R.A. Dickey , SP||14|
|ERA||Mark Buehrle , SP||3.39|
|WHIP||R.A. Dickey , SP||1.23|
|K||Drew Hutchison , SP||184|
|SV||Casey Janssen , RP||25|
|Full Team Statistics|
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