Sergio Santos had a dreadful 2014 season, posting an 8.57 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 21 innings for the Blue Jays while battling a lingering right forearm issue. He’s a free agent now — the Jays declined his $6 million option for 2016 — and will be looking to revitalize his career with any team that will have him.
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says the White Sox, for whom Santos saved 30 games in 2011, might be that team. They’re interested in a reunion with the righty, though it might have to be on a minor league contract with a non-roster spring training invite.
Santos was the 27th overall pick in the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft out of Mater Dei High School and spent the first several years of his minor league career trying to make it as an infielder. He converted to pitching in 2009.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.