Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweets that the Jays have traded Nestor Molina– a prospect who we’d just started hearing some serious good about– to the Chicago White Sox for ex-Blue Jay Sergio Santos.
Santos, of course, is– funnily enough, like Molina– a converted shortstop. He played there back when he was acquired by the Jays from Arizona in the Troy Glaus deal years ago, but has turned himself into a quality reliever for the White Sox– saving 30 games in 2011, and putting up a 2.97 FIP during his two year big league career.
He’s a little walky– over 4 BB/9 in his career– but strikes ‘em out too, at a 11.58 K/9 rate in his two seasons.
He’s your closer, folks. And he’s a pretty good one– and on a ridiculously good contract. Santos was extended in early October, signing a three year deal for $8.25-million (that’s total, not per year), with three team options following that, covering 2015-17 for $6-, $8-, and $8.75-million.
If he stays healthy and performs like 2011, that’s a hell of a deal– especially compared to the going rate for free agent closers. And for the price of… well… what, exactly?
We were just getting fucking all hyped about Molina, yes, but I get the feeling this is going to be a bit like the Zach Stewart situation, where the warts on Nestor Molina as a prospect are going to come a lot more into focus now that he’s gone.
Molina supposedly has a bit of a violent delivery, and doesn’t grade spectacularly well on actual stuff. He had fantastic results in 2011, especially in a brief promotion to double-A, which is what put him ahead of guys like Noah Syndergaard and Drew Hutchison on John Sickels’ recent ranking of the Jays’ system, but you get the sense that maybe this is a real sell-high situation for Anthopoulos. At the very least, the reports on Molina are mixed. As excited as we were for the good ones while he was part of the future, as he exits, we’re all probably ready to give a little more weight to the bad. It’s the nature of fandom.
“Prospect porn to the nth degree,” as Mr. Fairservice says at the desk beside me.
I mean, yes, Molina was superb at double-A last season, but we’re talking about only a month– he spent most of 2011 in A-ball. Santos, 28-years-old, has been excellent in the Majors for two seasons. The Majors. Add in the contract, and unless Molina hits the high, high end of what some people have been saying about him– and that’s a possibility, I’ll grant, though evidently the Jays and their army of scouts doubt it– this can’t not be a win.
The silent motherfucking assassin.