San Francisco Giants, Santiago Casilla agree to new deal

Doug Pensinger

Pitcher Santiago Casilla and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a new deal in principle.

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a deal with right-handed pitcher Santiago Casilla, reports Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. It's a three year deal with a vesting option for a fourth that'll be wrapped up with a physical. Casilla would have earned around $5.4 million in his third year of arbitration eligibility; this contract gets rid of all of that, giving the Giants control over two seasons where Casilla is a free agent.

Casilla wrapped up an excellent season as a setup man and occasionally as a closer. Casilla pitched over 63 innings, averaged about 7.8 strikeouts and 3.1 walks per nine innings. 55% percent of his balls hit the ground. His ERA through three seasons has been excellent: 2.22 ERA, 170 and a third of an inning.

Casilla was the team's closer for a spell after Brian Wilson's season ended with Tommy John surgery. Casilla put in 25 saves on the season before eventually ceding the role to Sergio Romo. Casilla moved into more familiar territory for the playoff run, when the Giants won their second World Series in three years.

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