Schulman tweeted on Monday:
Giants have signed Santiago Casilla to a 3-year deal.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) December 18, 2012
Hearing Casilla deal somewhere around $15 million.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) December 18, 2012
The 32-year-old right-hander led the Giants in appearances in the 2012 championship season and tied left-hander Jeremy Affeldt for the most innings pitched among Giants relievers. He posted a 2.84 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while collecting 55 strikeouts in 63.1 innings.
Stepping in for the injured Brian Wilson last season, Casilla had trouble closing games (six blown saves in 31 chances), but he proved to be a better setup man once the electric Sergio Romo took over the closer role.
Casilla also stepped up in the playoffs for the Giants. He gave up one run in 11 postseason appearances (seven innings) and didn't allow any runs to the St. Louis Cardinals or Detroit Tigers down the stretch.
While the hard-throwing Dominican was inconsistent at times throughout the season (struggling mightily in June and July), he turned it on in August and September before the playoffs.
This move ensures the Giants have a legitimate setup man moving forward, and he should combine with George Kontos to provide a solid right-handed combination to go along with the left-handed duo of Affeldt and Javier Lopez.
Giants relievers combined for a 3.56 ERA last season, 15th in the majors, but San Francisco's core group of relievers is still very good.
After winning the World Series for the second time in three years last season, the Giants are largely remaining intact for 2013.
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