The Blue Jays have found their closer for 2012. Tuesday morning, day 2 of the winter meetings in Dallas, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos acquired right handed closer Sergio Santos from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitching prospect Nestor Molina.
Santos went 4-5 last season with a 3.55 earned-run average and 30 saves in 63 games.
Santos was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round as a shortstop in 2002. He was traded to the Blue Jays in 2005 and struggled in triple-A Syracuse. In 2009 he signed with the White Sox as a minor league free agent and the Sox converted him to a pitcher after years of struggling as a position player in the minors.
The Jays will no doubt miss their former top pitching prospect Nestor Molina, who lead the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to an Eastern League Championship, but in return the Blue Jays get their closer and Santos, the 27 year-old hurler is under club control until 2017.