Report: Athletics, Casilla agree to 2-year, $11M deal


Santiago Casilla's time in the Bay Area will reportedly go on.

The 36-year-old, who began his big-league career in Oakland and spent the past seven seasons with the San Francisco Giants, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Athletics, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Casilla's deal is worth $11 million and he can make up to $3 million more in performance bonuses, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

The deal would be the third big-league contract handed out by the Athletics in a little over a week. They also inked Rajai Davis and Trevor Plouffe to one-year deals.

If Casilla signs, the veteran right-hander would provide the back end of the Athletics' bullpen with a fourth reliever that has closing experience.

Career stats

PITCHER G ERA SV SVO SO
Santiago Casilla 566 3.19 127 159 504
Ryan Madson 622 3.47 85 121 654
John Axford 471 3.58 144 181 514
Sean Doolittle 231 3.07 33 46 269

Once the Giants signed Mark Melancon to be their closer this offseason, a return to San Francisco seemed unlikely for Casilla, who was in tears this past postseason after not getting called into the deciding game of the National League Division Series, which San Francisco lost to the Chicago Cubs.

Casilla saved 31 games for the Giants in 2016, but was removed from the closer's role in the middle of September after blowing two consecutive saves and three over the course of the month.

During his time with the Giants, Casilla accumulated 123 saves and posted a 2.42 ERA.

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