White Sox Trade Santos To Blue Jays For Prospect

(CBS) Let the rebuilding begin.

The White Sox traded closer Sergio Santos, who they recently signed to an extension, to Toronto Tuesday for minor league pitcher Nestor Molina.

Molina, 22, went 12-3 with a 2.21 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 26 games (23 starts) with Single-A Dunedin and Double-AA New Haven. Eighteen of those starts game at the Single-A level.

A native of Venezuela, Molina originally signed with Toronto as a free agent in 2006. Like Santos, he is a former position player turned pitcher in the minor leagues.

The trade is somewhat surprising because Santos just signed a contract extension with the White Sox at the end of September. In his first season as the team’s closer, he went 4-5 with a 3.55 ERA, 30 saves and 92 strikeouts in 63 appearances. He ranked third in strikeouts among American League relievers.

  • val

    Read this on another site…SO TRUE..”.We traded for something that we hope to be what we already had”…I hope Williams knows what hes doing..Pitching staff is gonna be in shambles…WOW!!!..Stuart, Humber, and now Molina!!! GREAT!!!..Cant wait to hear Hawk Harrelson smooth over this mess in Spring training..He better begin rehearsing now…


    #1: don’t trade a player you can’t replace. you’re trying to make your team better, not worse. when you call it “rebuilding”, it’s still shooting yourself in the foot. you increase the time frame whereby you become a contender.. bad.
    kenny has no clue. when the sox end up back in the world series, there will be no kenny. he fails to address the real problem: unloading dead meat hitters they have: dunn, rios, morel, gordy bacon. goes to inferior coaching. get some decent coaches, & unload the players who needs replacement, not the ones that don’t need replacement.
    kenny will still be “rebuilding” when he is finally shown the door. bad. sad.


    Ahhh, I understand,
    But, coming from a Cubs fan. Would you like Carlos Marmol on the South Side?

  • Ryan

    We’re clearly entering a dark period in White Sox history. A period of irrelevance and mediocrity(if we weren’t there already). Trading Sergio was a clear statement from Kenny that the Sox are going nowhere in 2012. After all, what’s the point of having a dominant closer in a bad team?(ie: Heath Bell and the Padres, Marmol and the Cubs) Kenny says they are “rebuilding”, but with what exactly? Their successful farm system? Ugh…..

  • val

    When the Sox face Toronto next year, and we are down 4-3 in the 9th, and Santos enters to close the game, Im going to shut off the TV (If I turn the game on in the first place)..Thanks Kenny, we are off to a flying start!!!

  • el yaqui

    Memo to Ken Williams & Ken Harrelson: PLEASE STOP NOW, BOYS!!!!

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