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.
On Monday evening, the Yankees and Nationals resumed a game from May 15 that was suspended due to inclement weather. The game was suspended after the top of the sixth inning with a 3-3 tie. That, and the next day’s game, were rescheduled for today, a month and three days later.
An interesting thing happened in that month and three days: Juan Soto made his major league debut. Soto, at the time of his promotion, was the minor league leader in home runs. He took his first major league at-bat on May 20, pinch-hitting in a game against the Dodgers. He struck out. He got his first start the next day against the Padres, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.
When Soto stepped to the plate on Monday evening in the bottom of the sixth inning, technically he is considered to have done so on May 15. As fate would have it, he absolutely obliterated a 97 MPH fastball from Chad Green for a two-run home run. So he homered in his major league debut after having already made his major league debut. Does Soto have a DeLorean? On May 15, Soto was batting third for Double-A Harrisburg. He went 3-for-4 (all singles) with an RBI.
Michael Kay, citing the Elias Sports Bureau on the YES broadcast, said that it still considers Soto’s debut as having occurred on May 20, but he will have an asterisk denoting May 15’s suspended game. His first major league hit and RBI are still considered to have come on his three-run homer against the Padres. So there’s that.