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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 pitched a perfect ninth for his third save Friday against the Mariners.
Sean Doolittle set him up with a flawless eighth. A's manager Bob Melvin could keep us guess for a while longer, but Casilla seems like the favorite for saves in Oakland's pen at this point. Apr 22 - 1:21 AM

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Santiago Casilla notched his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning Tuesday against the Rangers.

A's manager Bob Melvin turned to Casilla with a two-run lead and two right-handed batters due up in the ninth. The veteran reliever needed 13 pitches to nail things down, getting a flyout and a couple groundouts. Casilla and Sean Doolittle -- who threw 1 1/3 perfect frames Tuesday -- are handling the closing duties in Oakland, with Casilla being the biggest beneficiary as the right-handed reliever.
Apr 19 - 1:14 AM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Tuesday that Santiago Casilla or Sean Doolittle will close "depending on the match-ups."

This comes one day after Casilla pitched the eighth before Doolittle got the ninth with a stack of left-handed batters due up for the Royals. While Ryan Madson and Ryan Dull have also been mentioned as possibilities in this mix, it appears that Melvin sees Casilla and Doolittle as his primary options. His comments provide some clarity and make sense from a strategy perspective, but the situation is still a bit of a headache for fantasy owners.
Apr 11 - 11:51 AM

Santiago Casilla was picked to close Monday and pitched a scoreless ninth to protect a 4-2 lead against the Angels.

Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson got the tougher assignment in the eighth, with Doolittle retiring Yunel Escobar and Kole Calhoun and Madson inducing a groundout from C.J. Cron after a Mike Trout double and an Albert Pujols intentional walk. That left the bottom of the order for Casilla, and he worked around a one-out walk to finish off the Angels. We're assuming that Melvin had it in his mind beforehand that he wanted Casilla to close, and it wasn't a case of him using his "better" relievers to get the tougher hitters in the eighth. And since we're making that assumption, we'll also assume that Casilla, in spite of his shaky spring, is the favorite for saves in Oakland until he blows one. It's worth picking him up.
Apr 4 - 1:18 AM

Santiago Casilla fell flat Wednesday in the Athletics’ Cactus League loss to the Cubs, allowing two hits, five runs and two walks in only 1/3 of an inning.

We’re not sure why Casilla started—he’s never started a game in his big league career—but obviously he should stick to his day job. Casilla began his outing by serving up a home run to Kyle Schwarber. It only got worse from there as Casilla proceeded to walk two batters, hit one and allow a three-run homer to Albert Almora Jr. before finally getting the hook with one out in the inning. After flaming out in San Francisco last year, Casilla was looking to rebound on the other side of the bay in 2017. That plan is off to a rough start.
Mar 29 - 7:28 PM

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

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

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S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Sean Manaea
4Jharel Cotton
5Andrew Triggs
6Jesse Hahn
7Daniel Mengden
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Relief Pitcher
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sean Doolittle
3Ryan Madson
4Ryan Dull
5John Axford
6Liam Hendriks
7Daniel Coulombe
8Frankie Montas
9Cesar Valdez