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Giants and Santiago Casilla agree to three-year extension

Dec 17, 2012, 11:11 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the deal is worth around $15 million. Nothing to get too worked up about, but long-term deals for relievers can be risky business.

11:08 PM: Andrew Baggarly of reports that the Giants and Sanitago Casilla have agreed to a three-year extension, pending a physical.

No word yet on the terms involved, but the deal includes a club/vesting option for 2016. Casilla was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter after making $2.2 million in 2012, so the deal buys out at least his first two years of free agency.

Casilla owns a dominant 2.22 ERA in 74 appearances since joining the Giants in 2010. Only Mike Adams and Eric O’Flaherty have a lower ERA (min. 170 innings pitched) during the same timespan. The 32-year-old right-hander took over as the Giants’ closer this past season after Brian Wilson had Tommy John surgery, notching 25 saves in 31 chances, but he’s expected to pitch in a set-up capacity in 2013 now that Sergio Romo has staked claim to the role.

  1. go49ers - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    (Sigh) Really? Why?

  2. smcgaels1997 - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Pitching, Pitching and Pitching

    • go49ers - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      Maybe he can pay someone to teach him how to pitch.

      • marklar1025 - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        this is a troll post right? 3rd best era over the last 2 years of relievers. great signing – can set up, can close and nasty, dirty stuff

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    its funny that the giants are locking up their relievers long term…its an interesting move…not really needed but interesting non the less…I still figured they should of gone after another bat. there’s still time so we will see

  4. smcgaels1997 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Teach Casilla how to pitch?? Did you see his era?

    • go49ers - Dec 18, 2012 at 3:03 AM

      His ERA was descent but not overly impressive. He was 7-6 in 2012 and he’s getting paid $5 mil x 3? Man, I hope your right.

  5. mrrooch - Dec 18, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Casilla is nasty. Wicked stuff. Yes, he can get wild at times, gives up the occasional bomb, and Giants fans curse him to death But no hitter likes to face him. He’s consistently 94-97 mph and has a wicked splitter and slider. Every year he’s gotten better under Righetti and being around that starting staff. Bochy knows how to use him. He’s coming into his own. Great signing at 5 mil a year – bargin.

  6. temporarilyexiled - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    The Giants keep making these moves…that make many scratch their heads…just like they end up doing when the Giants win…sometimes championships. Keep scratchin’…maybe you’ll figure it out.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      is this a haiku?

      • Gamera the Brave - Dec 18, 2012 at 10:59 AM

        If it IS a haiku, it’s industrial-sized…

      • temporarilyexiled - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        Under the radar
        Giants hold onto bullpen
        so SoCal loses

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