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A three-run collapse on Monday was Santos' second straight blown opportunity. He was tagged for a solo homer on Saturday to allow the game-tying tally; it was his only blemish that day, but it was a costly one.
He has four walks in 2 1/3 innings and has recorded only 35 strikes in his 62 pitches; safe to say he's still in March mode. Santos threw only five MLB spring innings, instead spending more time in the minors to retool his changeup, which he has used more with each outing so far.
He didn't throw one on Thursday (17 pitches). On Saturday, he tossed three: Two were balls, one induced a groundout. On Monday, he used it eight times: four balls, three foul-offs and a run-scoring sacrifice fly.
Closers don't need a diverse arsenal to succeed, but streamlining a complement to his fastball-slider approach would make Santos a cleaner hurler. He's leaning on his slide piece - a problem for him last year, as well - and trying to guide it, a la what has plagued Carlos Marmol since last season.
Santos' job security mark is helped by the fact he has a proverbial, not statistical, save to his name; Farrell threw him in with one out and a three-run lead to end Thursday's marathon. Another setback in the next few days could prompt his score to drop, though, especially since he doesn't have the most patient manager when it comes to closers. And when there's someone behind him on the hierarchy with Cordero's experience, it at least increases the sweat on the brows of Santos owners.
The Frank Francisco-Jon Rauch dance corrupted Toronto's fantasy picture last year - some of it from injury, but some of it from Farrell's waffling. The fact they gave up rising SP Nestor Molina for Santos this past offseason should prompt the front office to give Santos an extended chance, but that grace period could shrink if Santos can't hit the black more frequently, and soon.
How much bench space do you have in deep leagues? He's not yet worth a top waiver priority or massive FAAB investment in mixed leagues, but a Cordero speculative addition or handcuff in a low-commitment circumstance wouldn't hurt.
Job security score: 4
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