Toronto Blue Jays: Closer Analysis

Todd FarinoCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2012

Santos will have a better season with the Blue Jays.
Santos will have a better season with the Blue Jays.Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Welcome to the Toronto Blue Jays, Sergio Santos.

The Blue Jays will continue their streak of new opening day closers, as Santos was acquired in an off-season trade with the Chicago White Sox. 

The Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos has set up the bullpen for another season of high expectations and disappointing results.  So far in the off-season, the Blue Jays have added—along with Santos—Jason Frasor and Darren Oliver.

Santos will see plenty of action in the Jays bullpen, and he will keep his starving fantasy managers happy.  However, I'd trade him by mid-season when the expected decline of the Blue Jays will come.

While Santos has proved to be an outstanding closer, he is still limited in service time. If traded, he could end up as a set-up man. 

Make no mistake, the Blue Jays are built to win, they just never do.

While Santos did implode in September of last season, watching his ERA balloon from 2.63 to 3.55, he was incredibly effective the rest of the season. With only two years in his young career, he did surpass his rookie season by 12 innings and was likely a little tired with the role change. 

Expect that not to impact him in 2012. 

This is Santo's second stint with the Blue Jays. He was traded to the Toronto from the Diamondbacks, back when he was an infielder. 

2012 Fantasy Draft Analysis: Santos won't be a highly sought after closer. In fact, he could be downright ignored most of the draft.  He should be there in round 16.  If he is, grab him as your #2 closer.

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