Veteran utility infielder Ramon Santiago has signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays.
Santiago spent last season with the Reds, hitting .246 with a .667 OPS in 75 games, and was previously the Tigers’ utility man (and occasional regular) for most of the past decade.
At age 35 he’s strictly a bench player and may have to prove that he still has enough range to cover shortstop defensively to snag a job. He’ll compete for a roster spot on a spring training invite.
The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.
Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.
Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.