The Blue Jays released Santiago from his contract last week to avoid paying a $100,000 roster bonus he was set to earn because of his XX(B) status. Players qualify for XX(B) 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.
The deal Santiago signed prior to Spring Training was non-guaranteed, which meant Toronto wasn't responsible for the costs associated with his rehab. The latest signing changes that and allows Santiago to continue rehabbing with the organization.
Santiago has spent 13 years in the big leagues and is a career .243 hitter with a .314 on-base percentage and a .667 OPS. Some of the other players scheduled to begin the year on the Minor League DL include: LHP Johan Santana, RHP John Stilson, OF Andy Dirks, 1B Daric Barton, LHP Felix Doubront, LHP Ricky Romero and RHP Adonys Cardona.
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