Giants back away from Casilla in closer role


Giants back away from Casilla in closer role

ST. LOUIS The Giants are getting a new relief pitcher, andits reflective of the new world order in their bullpen.

No longer is Santiago Casilla the closer in name and deed.Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged he is in more of a pure by-committeemode after the club was awarded left-hander Jose Mijares on a waiver claim fromthe Kansas City Royals.

The addition of a third lefty will free up Jeremy Affeldt tohandle some save situations, Bochy said.

With Casilla, trying to give him some needed rest, itforced us to change our minds and really do it by committee, Bochy said. Welike the way Jeremy has thrown the ball, and I do get concerned with how muchwe use him. Even the one game in Denver I didnt pitch him, he got up a coupletimes.

The Giants are even more concerned with Casilla, who converted19 of his first 20 save opportunities but has a 7.82 ERA in his last 17appearances. Casilla has dealt with a recurring blister issue.

Hes available today but if we throw him out there a lot, thisthing could flare up again, Bochy said.

The Giants had a vacancy on the 40-man roster for Mijaresbut havent announced a move to add him to the active roster. Mijares has 72hours to report but Bochy said its possible hell arrive in time for Tuesdaysgame at Busch Stadium.

Bochy expressed mild surprise that Mijares made it past20-plus other teams all the AL clubs and all those NL clubs with a worserecord to allow the Giants to claim him.

Hes had some success facing lefties, hes pitched a lotand he became available, Bochy said. He throws in the low 90s and he has agood arm. I dont know the whole situation (with waivers) but hes having apretty good year.

Mijares, 27, sports a chinstrap beard that covers one of histwo chins. Hes listed at 6-foot, 230 pounds.

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.” 

Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft


Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Juan DeDios Prada and Fernando Sierra pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges Thursday.

Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online.

They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016.

Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.