Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Tuesday that Casey Janssen will enter the season as the team's closer.
Sergio Santos would love a chance to regain the job after he missed most of 2012 with a shoulder injury which eventually required surgery, but Gibbons feels that Janssen deserves the chance to open the season as the closer after he posted a 2.54 ERA, 22 saves and a 67/11 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings last season. "We'll go with Casey -- he is coming off a great year," said Gibbons. "Sergio missed the whole year, and that's big in this case. Especially a guy with the experience level he has. He's only been pitching for a couple of years. Casey gets the nod and he deserves it."