RHP Casilla completes 3-year deal with Giants

RHP Casilla completes 3-year deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla completed a $15 million, three-year contract with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

The deal includes a club/vesting option for the 2016 season. Casilla passed his physical to finalize his new contract, Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said.

The 32-year-old Casilla went 7-6 with a 2.84 ERA and 25 saves last season, initially assuming the closer role after 2010 saves leader Brian Wilson was lost in April to a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He made 73 appearances and pitched 63 1-3 innings.

``Glad to know we have Santiago for at least three more years,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ``He's been an integral part of our bullpen the last three years, so it's great to have him tied up for the next three years.''

Casilla is set to earn $4.5 million in 2013 and `14 and $5 million in 2015. He would receive a $1 million buyout if his option doesn't vest. He was eligible for arbitration this winter and could have become a free agent next offseason.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean was committed to keeping his championship team intact as much as possible - and, so far, he has been able to do so with much of the core group.

Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt signed an $18 million, three-year deal in November, then center fielder Angel Pagan and second baseman Marco Scutaro reached multiyear contracts during this month's winter meetings in Nashville - Pagan for $40 million over four years and Scutaro for $20 million over three years.

In addition, San Francisco brought back Andres Torres on a one-year deal last week to play left field. He was a key member of the 2010 World Series winners here.

The Giants declined to tender Wilson a contract late last month, making him a free agent. Bochy has said Sergio Romo will be his closer heading into 2013.

Romo is thrilled to see so many familiar faces returning.

``I thought it was real huge we signed those guys back,'' Romo said. ``What a role they played in our ride last year, our adventure as a group last year. Having (Pagan and Scutaro) back, those are the top two guys in our lineup. We've got the top of our order back.''

Casilla's new deal was negotiated by agents Sam and Seth Levinson, who also represent 2012 All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera. The former Giants outfielder was suspended for 50 games in August for a positive testosterone test and left off San Francisco's postseason roster once eligible to return.

Cabrera received a $16 million, two-year contract from the Toronto Blue Jays last month.

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Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire adds for Week 4

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Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire adds for Week 4

Week 3 has come and passed, and a new group of signal callers have become fantasy relevant. Gardner Minshew took the world by storm after dazzling on Thursday Night Football, Kyle Allen stepped in for Cam Newton and tossed four touchdowns, and Daniel Jones came from behind to lead the Giants to victory and made Dave Gettleman look like a genius for taking him when he did. 

As is common as the season begins to carry on, week by week, the waiver wire targets will become less and less intriguing, and backups will predominantly be the top adds.

However a new factor emerges that you can take advantage of. The second wave of the waiver wire. People in your league are undoubtedly growing tired of certain players on their fantasy teams after slow starts and will look to replace them this week. When the players they drop hit the waivers, you need to be in prime position to scoop them up. Then, the following morning or 24 hours after your claim is submitted, those transactions will go through. Stay on top of recent transactions throughout the week to stash a player you see long-term value in.

All Waiver Wire candidates must be available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues.

WEEK 4 Waiver Wire Options

Daniel Jones QB, New York Giants
Available in 85.4 % of ESPN leagues
Week 4 Opponent: vs. Redskins

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Available in 94.8% of ESPN leagues
Week 4 Opponent: at Broncos

Kyle Allen, QB, Carolina Panthers
Available in 98.5% of ESPN leagues
Week 4 Opponent: at Texans

Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots
Available in 77.9 % of ESPN leagues
Week 4 Opponent: at Bills

Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Available in 97.5 % of ESPN leagues
Week 4 Opponent: at Lions

D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Available in 59% of ESPN leagues
Week 4 Opponent: at Broncos

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers
Available in 50.9% of ESPN leagues
Week 4 Opponent: vs. Eagles

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Available in 54.1% of ESPN leagues
Week 4 Opponent: at Packers

Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins
Available in 96.8% of ESPN leagues
Week 4 Opponent: vs. Chargers

Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks
Available in 72.7% of ESPN leagues
Week 4 Opponent: at Cardinals

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Despite their playoff success, both Siegenthaler, Djoos still have something to prove

Despite their playoff success, both Siegenthaler, Djoos still have something to prove

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Jonas Siegenthaler has been here before. One year ago he looked like a lock to make the Capitals roster out of training camp. In fact, as the team prepared for the start of the season, he was told he had made the team. Then Tom Wilson was suspended and the Caps needed to clear cap space for his replacement. Thus, the waiver-exempt Siegenthaler was sent down to the Hershey Bears.

Siegenthaler eventually did get called up to Washington and played in 26 NHL games last season. He also played in four playoff games, eventually playing on the top pair next to John Carlson in place of the injured Michal Kempny.

Despite what he accomplished last season, however, clearly making the team for the start of the season means something to Siegenthaler.

“It's my goal,” he said. “I haven't had the chance to walk on the red carpet on opening night. I think that's pretty special and that's for sure one of my goals.”

With the Caps so close to the salary cap ceiling, however, Siegenthaler comes into camp knowing he will have to once again earn his spot on the roster.

Christian Djoos is in a similar position.

Djoos’ resume is longer than Seigenthaler’s as he played in 22 playoff games in Washington’s run to the Stanley Cup. He was not able to build on that momentum the following year, however, as he suffered compartment syndrome in his thigh and the resulting surgery kept him out from mid-December to early-February.

“Last year was a weird year,” Djoos said. “Injured, played, scratched. It was just a weird year so I need to be better over the 82 games.”

Though he denied the injury still impacted him after his return, Djoos did not look like the same player and played in just 45 games.

Djoos now faces an uncertain future with the franchise because of the cap.

“We all know the situation,” Djoos said. “It's nothing I think about. I'm here right now. I'm happy to be here and excited to get the season going.”

With only three more preseason games and just over a week of training camp remaining, both players find themselves in a similar position with higher expectations and having to prove they deserve a spot on the roster over the young prospects nipping at their heels.

“We have a couple of young guys who have played well,” general manager Brian MacLellan said at media day. “[Martin] Fehervary played really well in the rookie camp. He looks like he’s going to be a good player. [Alex] Alexeyev played good the one game and then got hurt. Those are good young players, good prospects. Siegenthaler has progressed well. I think he’s going to be a good player in this league and he should come in at a higher level this year than he has last year. I thought he finished up well. Djoos, we’re looking for a rebound season. I think the injury set him back, so it’s important for him to have a good camp and a good start to the year.”

“That's how it is, I think,” Djoos said. “It's a great organization, great young players. ... That's good I think that we compete for every spot. That's a good thing.”

When asked what they wanted to improve on for this season, both Siegenthaler and Djoos said consistency.

While the salary cap is tight, there is a possibility that both players make the final roster. If that happens, both will get time on the third pairing which will mean cycling in and out again as they did last season. The lack of consistent playing time can often lead to a lack of consistent play. Both players know that is not going to cut it this season.

Siegenthaler also said he has worked on improving his skating and he entered camp feeling more confident about his chances after last year.

“If you have confidence, you just play your game,” he said. “It just comes automatically so you've got to have a healthy confidence.”

Siegenthaler is certainly confident but also determined. He came oh so close to starting the season on the NHL roster last year only to see it slip away at the last moment. This year, he is determined not to let that happen.

“I want to walk onto the red carpet,” he said. “I'll do everything to be on the carpet.”