Blue Jays re-sign Santiago, who will begin season on DL

Infielder expected to be out for at least two months after breaking collarbone this spring

Blue Jays re-sign Santiago, who will begin season on DL

NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays have re-signed veteran infielder Ramon Santiago to a Minor League contract, and he'll begin the year on the disabled list.

Santiago appeared to be the front-runner for Toronto's utility infielder spot until he broke his left collarbone while diving for a ball on March 15. He's expected to be out for another two months.

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.

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.