Blue Jays ink Santiago to Minor League pact

Veteran infielder gets invite to Spring Training, will compete for utility role

Blue Jays ink Santiago to Minor League pact

The Blue Jays have signed veteran infielder Ramon Santiago to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the club announced on Friday.

Santiago, 35, should compete for a job as a utility infielder with Toronto. He can play shortstop, second base and third. Other players in the mix for a similar role include Maicer Izturis, Steve Tolleson, Ryan Goins and Munenori Kawasaki.

Santiago played 75 games for the Reds in 2014, producing a .246/.343/.324 slash line with eight doubles and two home runs. A right-handed hitter, Santiago has a lifetime .243 average over 13 seasons with the Reds, Tigers and Mariners.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.