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San Francisco Giants Sign Santiago Casilla to a Three-Year Deal

December 17th, 2012 at 9:46 PM
By Michael Almonte

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting the San Francisco Giants have signed right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla to a three-year deal worth $15 million with a club option for a fourth season. 

'Santiago Casilla 1' photo (c) 2012, dannymac15_1999 - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The 32-year-old completed his third season with the Giants in 2012 going 7-6 producing a 2.84 ERA allowing 55 hits, 20 earned runs, eight homers and 55 strikeouts in 63.1 innings. Casilla took over closing duties back in April replacing Brian Wilson who was lost for the season, saving 25 games in 31 opportunities. Opponents batted .224 off Casilla and yielded a 1.22 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) in 73 games.

'Santiago Casilla' photo (c) 2012, Michael Marconi - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Casilla was at his best during the postseason finishing with a 1-0 record showcasing a 1.29 ERA surrendering eight hits, one earned run and eight strikeouts in 11 games. He allowed a .267 opponents batting average and 1.29 WHIP in seven innings. Casilla joins Tim Lincecum as the only winning pitchers in World Series-clinching games for the orange and black getting the win in Game 4 of the Fall Classic against the Detroit Tigers. 

Tags: Baseball, Brian Wilson, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants, Santiago Casilla, Tim Lincecum

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