The 35-year-old Santiago was set to earn a $100,000 bonus if he remained under contract with the Blue Jays beyond Monday, because of his status as a XX(B) free agent.
Players qualify for XX(B) status if they have more than six years of big league service time; had a Major League contract expire the previous year; and signed a Minor League deal 10 or more days before Spring Training.
Since Santiago wasn't on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays are not responsible for any of the medical costs associated with his rehab from the broken collarbone. But the Blue Jays also could opt to re-sign Santiago in the coming weeks, avoiding the $100,000 bonus but still paying for his rehab.
Santiago is a 13-year veteran with a career .243 average and .643 OPS in 920 games. He spent last season in Cincinnati after playing in Detroit the previous eight years.
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