Report: Blue Jays nearly traded Sergio Santos to Texas Rangers


Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Sergio Santos pitches during the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

According to sources who talked to both Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports the Toronto Blue Jays had a deal in place that would have reportedly sent right-handed relief pitcher Sergio Santos to the Texas Rangers. Morosi explains through Twitter a trade was agreed upon but another player failed a physical, which halted the transaction about two weeks ago.

Santos, 30, pitched in 29 games for the Blue Jays in 2013 and was electric with a 1.75 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 25.1 innings with a 7 to 1 K/BB ratio. His slider is otherworldly but has struggled to stay healthy since he was traded by the Chicago White Sox to Toronto in December 2011.

There’s no mention by either Morosi or Rosenthal about the player that could have been coming back to Toronto. The fact that it was supposedly a three-team deal also adds to the intrigue. It’s probably not worth guessing what other players were involved but may give us a clue that there is still interest out there for Santos or possibly other members of the Blue Jays overstocked bullpen.