White Sox could be interested in Santos reunion

The White Sox are reportedly considering bringing back reliever Sergio Santos, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Santos is coming off a disastrous 2014 season with the Blue Jays in which he racked up an 8.57 ERA over 26 appearances, all while battling forearm issues. During his time with Toronto, Santos posted a 5.23 ERA overall, while being limited to just 61 appearances over three seasons.

The Jays acquired Santos from the White Sox following the 2011 season. A former first-round pick in 2002, Santos had an encouraging rookie campaign on the South Side of Chicago in 2010 before struggling off-and-on in the closer’s role in 2011.

Santos had a 2.96 ERA in 56 appearances during his first big league season then racked up 30 saves to go with a 3.55 ERA over 63 outings a year later. He finished his two seasons in Chicago with a 3.29 overall ERA — though that seems almost irrelevant now, given his injury problems over the past three years.

A healthy Santos could still be effective, as evidenced by his 1.75 ERA over 29 games in 2013, so the White Sox could be willing to take what figures to be a relatively cheap risk on the right-hander.

— Paul Casella

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