Phillies: Low Cost Closing Pitchers in Free Agency

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Jul 3, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla (46) pitches during the eleventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Giants won 5-4 in 11 innings. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 3, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla (46) pitches during the eleventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Giants won 5-4 in 11 innings. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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Santiago Casilla, San Francisco Giants

Casilla made it known that he was not happy to watch the Giants lose while he sat in the bullpen. Much like Gomez, Casilla started the season well but tapered off towards the end. His 3.57 ERA is unimpressive for a closer, but this was the first time in seven years that Casilla posted an earned run mark above 3.00. In fact, since 2010, he’s had three seasons with an ERA under 2.00. In addition to that, Casilla posted career-highs in K/9 (10.09) and K/BB (3.42). 

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To me, the 2016 season looks like a mere blip on the excellence that is Casilla’s late-blooming career. Spotrac puts his market value at $9.6 million for the coming year, but that seems a bit high. With Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon all free agents this year, it’s likely that Casilla will be more of an afterthought to high-paying contenders.

Estimated Offer – 1 year/$7.5 million

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