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Santiago Casilla | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/25/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / OAK
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Santiago Casilla will likely be a couple of days late to Athletics' camp due to a visa issue.
Casilla was a late signing by the Athletics, so he's just waiting for his paperwork to be resolved. The veteran reliever inked a two-year, $11 million deal with the Athletics last month after posting a 3.57 ERA and a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 58 innings with the Giants last season. He'll have a role in the back-end of Oakland's bullpen. Feb 14 - 2:57 PM

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Athletics signed RHP Santiago Casilla to a two-year, $11 million contract.

The deal, which also includes a possible $3 million more in incentives, was reported earlier this month and is now official. Casilla lost his closer job last season with the Giants but actually had a nice year overall with a 3.57 ERA and a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 58 innings. He should work in a setup role initially but could potentially find his way into some saves.
Jan 20 - 1:06 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A's have agreed to a two-year contract with Santiago Casilla.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez is reporting that Casilla's two-year deal will be worth $11 million and include a potential $3 million additionally in the form of performance bonuses. Call it a homecoming. The veteran reliever began his career with the A's, playing for the team from 2004-2009 before scooting on over to the Giants. Casilla posted a 3.57 ERA and a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 58 innings last season, but the wheels fell off the bus down the stretch and he lost his gig as closer in September. The 36-year-old finished the season having converted 31-of-40 save opportunities. With Casilla's signing, the A's have pieced together a nice little bullpen behind closer Ryan Madson.
Jan 11 - 7:38 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the A's are nearing a two-year contract agreement with Santiago Casilla.

Casilla started out the 2016 season as the Giants' closer, but he lost that job in the closing weeks of the campaign. For the year as a whole, the 36-year-old reliever held a 3.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 65/19 K/BB ratio across 58 innings. He closed a respectable 31 games, though he also blew nine save opportunities along the way (hence why he lost his job). With the A's, he would likely serve as a set-up option behind closer Ryan Madson.
Jan 11 - 5:58 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that seven teams are showing interest in Santiago Casilla.

Casilla flamed out at the tail-end of his Giants career, but he still had a career-best strikeout rate in 2016 and might be one of the more underrated free agent relief options. The 36-year-old might have to settle for a setup job, however.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 07:27:00 PM

Santiago Casilla expressed frustration after he wasn't used in the ninth inning in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Casilla lost his closer job late in the year and wasn't even called to warm up as five other relievers combined to give up four runs in the ninth inning on Tuesday. "Never," said Casilla, who was reportedly in tears at his locker after the game. "I’m a pitcher. I’m part of the bullpen. I know I have had some bad moments in September and during the season, but I have good numbers in the playoffs and I know I can pitch in that situation. I know I can pitch in the big leagues." Casilla, who blew nine saves during the regular season, was limited to just one appearance in the series. The 36-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter. It's fair to expect some changes in the backend of the bullpen for the Giants next season.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 09:38:00 AM

Santiago Casilla took his eighth blown save after giving up a solo homer in the 10th Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Casilla gave up a homer to Jake Lamb in the one-run game. It's the fourth homer he's allowed in 10 appearances, matching his total from his first 47 appearances of the year. That's why he's not the Giants' sole closer any longer. Manager Bruce Bochy has more faith in Hunter Strickland and Sergio Romo right now.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 03:35:00 AM

Santiago Casilla was removed from a save chance after giving up a homer and a single while getting one out Wednesday against the Rockies.

Manager Bruce Bochy just couldn't resist making another pitching change. He used eight relievers to pitch a total of 3 1/3 innings tonight. Casilla, making his fourth appearance in five days, entered a 5-3 game to start the ninth and gave up a homer to Nolan Arenado. A strikeout and a single followed, at which point he was replaced by Josh Osich. Osich hit the lone batter he faced. Joe Nathan then took over and surrendered back-to-back hits, giving the Rockies a 6-5 win. Bochy might yank Casilla from the closer's role after this, since he so clearly doesn't trust him anyway. If so, it'd likely be a committee replacing him. Given Bochy's recent tendencies, he might just want three pitchers a night working the ninth regardless.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 12:30:00 AM

Santiago Casilla blew his sixth save of the season Sunday in the Giants' loss to the Orioles.

Casilla was asked to preserve a two-run lead and couldn't do it, serving up a single to Manny Machado, a walk to Mark Trumbo, and a go-ahead three-run homer to Jonathan Schoop. Casilla now has a 3.28 ERA on the year, though this was his first blown save in a month. His job is probably safe.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 07:29:00 PM

Santiago Casilla only had to throw one pitch to earn his 27th save in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.

He was called upon to put out a fire with two outs in the ninth inning. The Orioles had already scored two runs in the inning and still had runners on first and second with the score 6-2. Casilla got Adam Jones to ground into a fielder's choice on the first pitch to end the game. He has been solid all year and now has a 2.76 ERA with 55 punchouts in 45 2/3 innings.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 12:39:00 AM

Santiago Casilla earned his 26th save of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins.

Casilla gave up a ground-rule double to Ichiro Suzuki but struck out two of the other three batters he faced to preserve the Giants' 1-0 lead. Casilla has been in a nice groove since late July and now owns a 2.78 ERA and 55/14 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings for the year.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 03:23:00 PM

Santiago Casilla pitched a perfect 10th in a one-run game for his 25th save Thursday against the Phillies.

Casilla is 13-for-14 saving games over the last two months, and he hasn't allowed a homer since June 10. It's still possible the Giants could go in a different direction if he goes into another slump, but he hasn't hurt them lately.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Santiago Casilla earned his 24th save of the season Sunday in the Giants' win over the Nationals.

Casilla struck out two of the three batters he faced in an 18-pitch frame. He has a 3.18 ERA and 48/14 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings this season for San Francisco.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 07:37:00 PM

Santiago Casilla gave up two runs in the 10th inning without retiring a batter and balked in the winning run to take a loss to the Padres on Saturday.

Casilla was called upon to protect a 6-5 extra-inning lead but ended up with a loss. Alex Dickerson singled to lead off the inning. Derek Norris then singled and stole second. Adam Rosales drove home Dickerson with the tying run. Then Casilla was called for a walk-off balk to end the game. Casilla now has a 3.38 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 12 walks in 34 2/3 innings. The blown save was his fifth of the year. The closer job should remain his but with Sergio Romo back in action his leash has grown a little shorter.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 01:04:00 AM

Santiago Casilla worked a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Diamondbacks to earn his 21st save.

Casilla gave up a one-out double to heighten the intensity, but he worked out of the spot with little consternation. Casilla now has 21 saves in 25 chances this year, including converting his last nine opportunities. He owns a 2.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 44/12 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings this year.
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 08:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
3Bruce Maxwell
1B1Ryon Healy
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Adam Rosales
3Joe Wendle
SS1Marcus Semien
2Chad Pinder
3Franklin Barreto
4Yairo Munoz
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Renato Nunez
3Jermaine Curtis
LF1Khris Davis
2Jaycob Brugman
3Jaff Decker
CF1Rajai Davis
2Jake Smolinski
3Alejandro De Aza
RF1Matt Joyce
2Matt Olson
3Andrew Lambo
DH1Yonder Alonso
2Mark Canha
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Sean Manaea
4Andrew Triggs
5Jharel Cotton
6Daniel Mengden
7Raul Alcantara
8Chris Bassitt
9Paul Blackburn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3Santiago Casilla
4John Axford
5Ryan Dull
6Liam Hendriks
7Daniel Coulombe
8Bobby Wahl
9Simon Castro
10Tyler Sturdevant