Another relief pitcher is off the board, and this time it’s Santiago Casilla, who has signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Oakland A’s. The deal also comes with $3 million in performance bonuses, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
Casilla, 36, has spent his entire 13-year career in the Bay Area for both the A’s and Giants. Last year in San Francisco, Casilla posted a 3.57 ERA over 58 innings, striking out an outstanding 10.1 batters per nine. In seven seasons with the Giants, he owned a 2.42 ERA and collected 123 saves. He has spent the last two seasons as full-time closer, stealing the job from Sergio Romo in 2014.
With the relief market drying up fast, the Mets will need to move soon if they want to pick up anyone significant.