Blue Jays in control of Santos, but Santos isn't in control of his pitches

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos walks off the field after the game against the...

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos walks off the field after the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:15 PM ET

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, the Blue Jays acquired Sergio Santos from the Chicago White Sox at the Anatole Hilton during the winter meetings in Dallas.

The word “control” was mentioned half a dozen times.

The Jays were sharp, so they said, because they now had control of Santos, then 27, for the next six seasons. Santos had signed a club-friendly, three-year $8.25-million contract with three option years with the White Sox meaning he was under the Jays control until 2017.

And now the Jays control whether Santos remains the man they ask to get the 27th and final out.

Asked to get the final three outs with a two-run lead Friday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh it was ugly:

Neil Walker singled, Andrew McCutchen struck out, Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer, Ike Davis popped up and Starling Marte homered into the Pirates bullpen for a walk-off win. Santos walked off the mound head down with the walk-off loss.

Santos was put in the tough spot of being asked to


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