Blue Jays send Barton to minors, release Santiago

Players like Devon Travis and Miguel Castro are just waiting for the Toronto Blue Jays to announce their 25-man roster, wondering if they’ll make the trip up north.

The Toronto Blue Jays are getting closer to finalizing their 25-man roster.

The Blue Jays optioned first baseman Daric Barton to triple-A Buffalo and released veteran infielder Ramon Santiago Monday.

The Blue Jays signed Barton to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training this past December. The 29-year-old hit .250/.341/.389 with one home run, seven RBI, and three walks in 41 plate appearances this spring.

The defensive specialist was in competition with Justin Smoak and Dayan Viciedo for a roster spot.

Santiago, 35, sustained a broken collarbone in an exhibition game while diving for a ball earlier this month. He was brought to camp as a non-roster invitee.

The veteran infielder has played 13 MLB seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, and Cincinnati Reds.

The Blue Jays are expected to announce their Opening Day 25-man roster on Tuesday.

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