Five Free Agent Targets for the Dodgers to Upgrade Their Bullpen
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Santiago Casilla (RHP): Over the course of his career, Casilla racked up 144 career saves with the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics. Casilla is the epitome of a late-inning reliever, as he has a .222 opponent AVG against and 160 Ks in 177.1 high leverage innings, according to Fangraphs. Casilla pitched for the Giants in all three of their World Series seasons, and over his entire career accumulated 19.2 playoff innings in which he posted a 0.92 ERA and stranded 86.4% of runners.
Last season, Casilla held right-handers to a .170 opponent average, and in general, had positive pitch values for his fastball, slider, and curveball according to Fangraphs. He will be even less expensive than the previous two relievers mentioned above, and at 38 will be somewhat risky, but he still was able to hit 93.8 mph with his average fastball last season according to Fangraphs.
Casilla’s last contract was for $11 million over 2 seasons, so he should go for around $2-3 million on a one year deal for 2019. As long as the arm remains intact, Casilla can produce for whichever team takes a chance on him.