Blue Jays take struggling Sergio Santos out of the closer’s role


Sportsnet’s Barry Davis reports that the Blue Jays have taken reliever Sergio Santos out of the closer’s role and will rely on a closer-by-committee until Casey Janssen returns from the disabled list. Santos has allowed three runs in his two most recent outings, blowing saves both times. Santos currently owns a 10.61 ERA with a 17/9 K/BB ratio and three home runs allowed in 9 1/3 innings.

With Janssen still on the disabled list with an oblique injury, Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil are expected to be the top two candidates for save opportunities in the meantime.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.