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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
Contract: view contract details

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Santiago Casilla is expected to make his Cactus League debut with the Athletics on Sunday.
Castilla didn't report to A's camp until March 5 due to visa issues and has been ramping up his activity the past few days. While he's slated to work in a setup capacity to begin the season, there's a chance that he could usurp the closer's role from Ryan Madson if the latter struggles early in the season. Mar 11 - 1:09 PM

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Santiago Casilla will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic.

Casilla -- who was signed to a two-year contract by the A's in January -- initially planned on joining the Dominican Republic team if they advanced in the spring tournament. That is no longer the case. "I need to be here with this team," Casilla said. He is set to throw to hitters on Friday as he begins his ramp-up to the regular season. A visa issue prevented him from arriving to A's camp until March 5.
Mar 8 - 6:46 PM

Santiago Casilla is scheduled to throw to hitters on Friday.

Casilla just reported to A's camp over the weekend after being delayed due to a visa issue, but it shouldn't be long before he's game-ready. The veteran reliever is expected to skip the first round of the World Baseball Classic, but he'll likely pitch for the Dominican Republic if they advance in the tournament.
Mar 8 - 11:28 AM

Santiago Casilla has reported to Athletics camp.

Casilla was delayed by a visa issue, which will keep him from pitching for his native Dominican Republic in the first round of the World Baseball Classic. He is expected to be available for the second round.
Mar 5 - 10:22 AM

Santiago Casilla will not pitch in the first round of the World Baseball Classic but remains available for the second round.

He has yet to report to Athletics camp due to visa issues but is expected to report on Sunday. He served as the Giants closer the last three seasons and will try to win the same role for Oakland this spring.
Mar 4 - 6:33 PM

Santiago Casilla will arrive in Athletics camp on Sunday.

Casilla got a late start while waiting for his visa. He'll compete for the A's closer job but seems likely to begin the season in a setup role.
Mar 3 - 12:23 PM

Santiago Casilla has yet to arrive at spring training.

He's still working through visa issues. It's bizarre that it's taken Casilla this long to get the issue resolved but at this point, all the A's can do is wait. Casilla's late arrival won't help his chances of taking over the closer role. When Casilla finally shows up to camp, he'll face stiff competition from John Axford, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson.
Mar 2 - 6:50 PM

Santiago Casilla remains absent from A's camp due to an ongoing visa issue.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin noted Monday that it's not Casilla's fault, but the obviously-frustrated skipper did say, "I'd like to get him here ... I'd like to meet him." Casilla was signed to a two-year, $11 million free agent contract in January after posting a 3.57 ERA and a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 58 innings with the Giants last season. The veteran reliever has committed to pitching for Team Dominica in the World Baseball Classic, but that plan might have to be altered.
Feb 27 - 11:29 AM

Santiago Casilla could report to Athletics' camp in the next day or two.

Casilla has been delayed due to a visa issue, but he apparently could get it settled as soon as Wednesday. The veteran reliever signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Athletics last month and finds himself in the middle of a crowded closer situation this spring.
Feb 22 - 11:35 AM

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

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.'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

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1B1Ryon Healy
2B1Jed Lowrie
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SS1Marcus Semien
2Chad Pinder
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RF1Matt Joyce
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S1Sonny Gray
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4Jharel Cotton
5Andrew Triggs
6Jesse Hahn
7Daniel Mengden
8Raul Alcantara
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Relief Pitcher
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3Santiago Casilla
4John Axford
5Ryan Dull
6Liam Hendriks
7Daniel Coulombe
8Simon Castro
9Ross Detwiler