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.