Ramon Santiago signs with the Blue Jays

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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.

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.