Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the Yankees are signing former White Sox and Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos to a minor league deal. Santos, who began the season in the Dodgers system, will be assigned to the Double-A Trenton Thunder.
He will turn 32 in less than a month, and as a right-handed reliever, he fills a need for right-handed relief depth. He recorded 30 saves with the White Sox in 2011 while posting a phenomenal 13.07 K/9 ratio. That offseason he was traded to the Blue Jays, but only pitched five innings in 2012 before being placed on the 60-Day DL with a frayed labrum in his throwing shoulder. Shoulder injuries are killers for pitchers and Santos has never really been the same since then. He had a brief period of success in 2013 when he first returned, but a litany of injuries since then have derailed him even further.
The Dodgers picked him up this past winter to serve as depth. In 13.1 big league innings with Los Angeles this season, Santos had a 4.73 ERA and 4.40 FIP with a 10.13 K/9 and 4.73 BB/9. His fastball was around 92 MPH, which is the lowest mark of his career. Yikes.
This shouldn't be cause for panic, as Santos is likely a pure lottery ticket at this point and the Yankees are most likely still continuing their search for big league right-handed relief. More depth never hurt anybody, and who knows? Maybe Santos figures something out down in Trenton. Depth is always good, period.
Nicolas Stellini is a staff writer at Pinstripe Alley, where he writes about the Yankees and covers the Double-A Trenton Thunder. His national coverage can be found at Beyond the Box Score. You can follow him on Twitter at @StelliniTweets.