Sox Deal Closer Sergio Santos

South Siders receive minor league pitcher in return

By Marcus Riley
|  Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011  |  Updated 12:23 PM CDT
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Santos, a former shortstop, was converted to a pitcher in 2009.

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If you're looking for clues as to whether the White Sox will be buyers or sellers this offseason, their latest deal may provide some insight.

The South Siders traded talented but erratic closer Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday for minor league right-handed pitcher Nestor Molina.

Molina, 22, spent last season in Class A and AA ball, compiling a 12-3 record with a 2.21 ERA, 148 strikeouts and 14 walks.

Santos experienced a meteoric rise to the closer role, considering the converted shortstop has only been pitching since 2009. Last season he compiled a 4-5 record with 30 saves and a 3.55 era.

The Sox are likely far from done wheeling and dealing at the winter meetings. Several players are reportedly on the trading block, including outfielder Carlos Quentin and pitcher John Danks.

Free agent Mark Buerhle has received a great deal of interest from other teams and is considered a long-shot to resign with the Sox.

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