Tired of watching Santiago Casilla struggle in the ninth? You aren’t the only one.
The Giants brass has said multiple times they’re interested in providing help to their bullpen and few links have been weaker recently than that of the closer position. Despite Casilla’s effectiveness early in the season, the questionable control that has haunted him before has returned, essentially forcing the Giants to look at other options. Rumors have already swirled around closers like Jonathan Broxton, but it appears the Giants might have some bigger names on their list – odd as that is, given the usual price of closers.
The San Francisco Giants, seeking late-inning help, are interested in Perez, according to major-league sources. The Indians could entertain moving Perez for two reasons – they are deep in relievers, and Perez likely will earn about $7 million next season in his second year of arbitration.
The Indian’s Chris Perez in in the midst of his third consecutive solid season, but as Rosenthal mentions, the price tag is hefty come arbitration at season end – that not even taking into account the prospects that would be required to bring the closer to San Francisco. It also opens up questions as to what happens to Brian Wilson, who will be fourth time arbitration eligible at season end coming off Tommy John surgery.
All in all, it’s most likely Sabean kicking the tires – but the Giants appear to be looking at some bullpen help along with their search for some bench pop.