SAN DIEGO -- This is the time of year when relievers can get used often. For some players, that's fine with them. Many relievers receive performance bonuses for certain levels of appearances. They don't have to be good appearances. They just have to get in the game. Example: Santiago Casilla. The right-hander's $2.2 million base salary gets sweetened by $25,000 when he hits the 50- and 55-game marks. He receives an additional $50,000 when he reaches the 60-, 65- and 70-game levels. So far, Casilla has pitched in 50 games. So he has cashed in on one bonus.
Newly acquired left-hander Jose Mijares is another reliever who arrives at the ballpark singing Bill Withers' "Use Me" every day. Mijares, whose base pay is $925,000, gets $15,000 when his appearance total reaches 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 games. Mijares had pitched in 56 games for the Kansas City Royals and Giants entering Saturday. So he had made an additional $60,000, with another $15,000 easily within reach.