The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Sergio Santos from the Chicago White Sox to close for them this upcoming season.
Santos was 4-5, with 30 saves and an earned run average of 3.55 as Chicago’s primary closer in 2011. The Blue Jays traded from pitching prospect Nestor Molina to the White Sox for Santos.
Frank Francisco was the closer for the Blue Jays last season and recorded 17 saves in 21 opportunities with an earned run average of 3.55. But he seemed to be in manager John Farrell’s doghouse at times throughout the year. With the signing of Santos, and Francisco being a free agent, it appears Francisco’s days in Toronto are now over.
With the signing of Santos, Casey Janssen will likely move to the setup role and expect to see Joel Carreno to see some key innings as well. Carreno had an earned run average of 1.15 in 15 2/3 innings of work in 2011.
The other story with the Blue Jays is if they will make a serious run at Prince Fielder. The three-time all-star formerly with the Milwaukee Brewers, has hit as many as 50 home runs in a season and has expressed his interest in coming to Toronto. Now the question is if Blue Jays’ General Manager Alex Anthopoulos really wants Fielder and if he fits into the team’s long-term plans. My answer is go get him right now and figure out your budget later. Your league has no salary cap, and in order for the Jays to finally play with the big boys in the American League East, they could definitely use a power bet to compliment Jose Bautista.