Just a few days after signing Sergio Santos to a minor league contract, the Yankees have promoted the right-hander to the major league bullpen.
Santos once saved 30 games for the White Sox in 2011, but he has dealt with injuries and ineffectiveness since. The 31-year-old is still capable of missing bats, but the problem is that he also misses the strike zone on the regular. He had an ugly 8.57 ERA with 18 walks in 21 innings with the Blue Jays last season and was designated for assignment by the Dodgers late last month after posting a 4.73 ERA with 15 strikeouts and seven walks over 13 1/3 innings.
Santos made one appearance with Double-A Trenton prior to his call-up. He’s replacing Esmil Rogers in New York’s bullpen.
Right-hander Sergio Santos has signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees after being released by the Dodgers last week.
Santos saved 30 games as the White Sox’s closer in 2011, but he’s struggled to stay healthy since then while logging a total of just 65 innings in four years. He posted a 4.73 ERA and 15/7 K/BB ratio in 13 innings for the Dodgers before being let go.
He throws hard and generates plenty of strikeouts, but Santos’ control and durability are both big issues. For now he’ll head to Double-A and try to convince the Yankees he’s worthy of a middle relief gig.
Reliever Sergio Santos, recently designated for assignment by the Dodgers, has cleared waivers and will become a free agent, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports. Santos was a casualty of the six-player trade with the Braves involving Juan Uribe, so he was cast out to create roster space.
Santos, 31, posted a 4.73 ERA with a 15/7 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings. He has suffered from arm injuries in each of the last three seasons. As a result, he hasn’t pitched a full season in the majors since 2011 with the White Sox.
As announced Wednesday on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ official Twitter feed …
Santos had registered an underwhelming 4.73 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 15/7 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings of relief this season for the Dodgers. He signed a minor league contract with Los Angeles in December that was to pay him a $1 million prorated salary for however long he stuck with the big league club. According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, the 31-year-old right-hander wound up making $150,000 for pitching in 10 games. Not bad. If he passes through waivers unclaimed, Santos will likely report to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
UPDATE: The mystery team has been identified. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Santos is expected to sign with the Dodgers.
6:20 p.m. ET: Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that reliever Sergio Santos is close to signing with an NL West team. It’s expected to be a minor league contract with incentives attached.
No word yet on who the mystery team might be, but Corey Brock of MLB.com hears that it won’t be the Padres. Hey, they can’t have everyone.
Santos saved 30 games for the White Sox in 2011, but he has struggled to stay healthy ever since. The 31-year-old actually began this past season as the Blue Jays’ closer while Casey Janssen was sidelined, but he quickly pitched his way out of the role before landing on the disabled list with a forearm injury. He was designated for assignment twice during the season and finished with an 8.57 ERA and 29/18 K/BB ratio over 21 innings.