Blue Jays release veteran infielder Santiago

Blue Jays release veteran infielder Santiago

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Blue Jays released veteran infielder Ramon Santiago on Monday afternoon.

Santiago is expected to be out for at least another two months with a broken left collarbone. Prior to the injury, he was a favorite to make the 25-man roster as a backup second baseman.

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.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.