Blue Jays sign pair to Minor League deals

The Blue Jays have reportedly signed a pair of veterans to Minor League deals: reliever Ronald Belisario and infielder Ramon Santiago. Both players have been invited to Major League Spring Training.

Belisario’s contract will pay him $1.7 million if the right-hander makes the big league club, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

Belisario, 32, has closing experience, but has been better in a middle relief role over a five-year career in the big leagues. He’s coming off a bit of a down season, though, after going 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA in 62 appearances with the White Sox in 2014. Chicago designated him for assignment in November. His best season came in 2012 with the Dodgers, when he went 8-1 with a 2.54 ERA in 68 relief appearances covering 71 innings.

Santiago, 35, appeared in 75 games with the Reds last season and produced a .246/.343/.324 slash line in 214 plate appearances. His deal with the Blue Jays was reported by Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. A veteran of 13 seasons in the Majors, Santiago can play shortstop, second base and third.

The Blue Jays begin Spring Training next month, with pitchers and catchers scheduled for their first workout Feb. 23 and the first full squad workout on Feb. 27.

–Austin Laymance

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