The San Francisco Giants avoided arbitration with two other key pieces of their team as newly acquired outfielder Melky Cabrera and relief pitcher Santiago Casilla were both signed to new one-year deals, according to MLB Daily Dish.
Cabrera, 27, joins the Giants in his 8th season in the big leagues, and will get $6 million for his services in 2012. The Melkman hit a very solid .305/.339/.470 with 18 dingers and 20 stolen bags last season for the Kansas City Royals, making only $1.25 million. Not a bad pay raise, no?
As for Casillia, 31, he’s getting a nice bump in pay as well by earning $2.2 million in 2012, almost a million dollars more than he made in 2011. His new contract also has around $200,000 in performance bonuses. Casilla finished the season with a 1.74 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 51 2/3 innings pitched for the Black and Orange.
Some noteable names still on the arbitration docket for the Giants: Sergio Romo, Pablo Sandoval, and of course, Tim Lincecum.
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