Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The closer role in Toronto
By Doug Mittler
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has ended any speculation that he will stage an open competition for the job of closer.
Casey Janssen, who saved a career-high 22 games for Toronto last season, will retain the ninth-inning role, Gibbons told MLB.com. There was some buzz that right-hander Sergio Santos, who opened 2012 with the job before being lost for the season with a shoulder injury, might get a chance. But there already are enough changes going on in Toronto this spring, and Gibbons saw fit to keep things as is.
Given the Blue Jays are built to win now and Santos had 30 saves for the White Sox in 2011, Gibbons reserves the right make an in-season change on quick notice. Janssen also did struggle a bit in September with a 1.182 WHIP, his worst number of any month.