Santos And McGowan Suffer Setbacks

When the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Sergio Santos from the Chicago White Sox, they not only received a pitcher capable of anchoring their bullpen, but also an incredibly team friendly contract. A third of the way through the 2012 season, Blue Jays fans haven’t experienced much in terms of the first part of that equation due to the pitcher’s shoulder injury. However, Santos’ contract gives the reliever all the time in the world to heal up properly because it’s broken down in this absolutely no reason to rush fashion:

  • 2012: $1 million;
  • 2013: $2.75 million;
  • 2014: $3.75 million;
  • 2015: $6 million (club option w/ $750,000 buyout);
  • 2016: $8 million (club option w/ $750,000 buyout);
  • 2017: $8.75 million (club option w/ $750,000 buyout).

So, while it’s bad news to learn that Santos has suffered yet another setback in his recovery, it’s much preferred to the alternative which might be to rush back as a means of improving his likelihood of a better pay day ahead of 2013. This is also the only justification that one can use for the three years, $4.1 million contract the Blue Jays handed the oft injured Dustin McGowan, who unsurprisingly, has also had his rehabilitation plan altered because of tightness and discomfort in his shoulder.

There remains no timeline for the return of either pitcher to the active roster.