DALLAS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday acquired reliever Sergio Santos from the Chicago White Sox for a 22-year-old pitching prospect.
Santos, who went 4-5 with 30 saves and a 3.55 ERA in 63 games last season, was second among all American League closers with 92 strikeouts. Over his two-year stint with the White Sox, he was 6-7 with 31 saves and a 3.29 ERA in 119 relief appearances.
He had recently inked a three-year deal with the White Sox, which will pay him $1 million in 2012, $2.75 million in 2013 and $3.75 million in 2014.
Going to Chicago is highly regarded right-handed starting pitcher Nestor Molina, who struck out 148 batters in 130 1/3 innings last year in the minor leagues.
Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos said the move will secure the team's closer role for several years to come.
"We're trying to build a competitive team that will be good for a long period of time with the parameters that we do have, when you look at the salaries over six years," he told the Toronto Star.