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A’s hopeful Santiago Casilla will arrive in next few days

The A’s are hopeful that new reliever Santiago Casilla, signed as a free agent this offseason, will be able to report to camp in the next day or two. Casilla, who started his career with Oakland but spent the past seven years with the Giants, was a late acquisition, and the team anticipated that he would be late to camp because his visa process began much later than many other players coming from Latin American and Caribbean countries. Casilla, 36, is one of four potential closer for the A’s this season, although it is most likely that the right-hander primarily will be in a set-up role.

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CSN Bay Area Feb 16, 2017

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CSN Bay Area Feb 16, 2017

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CSN Bay Area Feb 15, 2017

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CSN Bay Area Feb 14, 2017

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CSN Bay Area Feb 13, 2017

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