The White Sox made the first big trade of this week's winter meetings, sending closer Sergio Santos to Toronto for minor league pitcher Nestor Molina. Molina, 22, spent last year between Single-A and Double-A in the Blue Jays organization.
This move appears to signal the start of a re-stocking project of the minor leagues. The Sox are roundly considered to have the thinnest farm system in baseball, and adding Molina begins the process of re-building the team's prospect base.
Molina posted some fine numbers last year in the minors for Toronto, posting an incredible strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Dealing Santos doesn't have much to do with money. His contract was very team-friendly, especially considering the exorbitant prices teams are playing for relief pitching this offseason. The move was about improving the minor leagues. It probably won't be the only one of that kind Williams makes this winter.
The White Sox have plenty of other options to close out games between Addison Reed, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton (assuming he's not traded).
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