Reports: Santiago Casilla returning to A's on two-year deal

Reports: Santiago Casilla returning to A's on two-year deal

After seven seasons with the Giants, Santiago Casilla appears to have found a new home. And it's his old home.

The veteran reliever has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with A's worth $11 million.

News of the deal being close was first reported by Fan Rag Sports' Robert Murray.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting the two sides are engaged in contract talks.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported that an agreement was close, while's Jesse Sanchez was first to report the terms of the deal. In addition to the base salary, Casilla can reportedly earn up to $3 million in performance bonuses.

The 36-year-old Casilla is coming off a rocky season with the Giants. In 62 appearances, he posted a 3.57 ERA and saved 31 games, but blew nine saves, which was tied for the most in MLB.

Originally signed by the A's in 2000 out of the Dominican Republic, Casilla was a fixture in the Oakland bullpen from 2007 to 2009. Over that span, he pitched in 143 games and posted a 4.76 ERA.

Following the 2009 season, Casilla signed with the Giants. In his first year with San Francisco, he posted a 1.95 ERA in 55.1 innings.

During his seven years with the Giants, Casilla amassed a 2.42 ERA in 414 appearances.

A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter


A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter

For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.

The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.

Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.

"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.

In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.

A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round. 

Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.