Mark Melancon, one of the best relievers in this year's free agent market, is off the board. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a four-year deal with Mark Melancon, pending a physical. Ken Rosenthal reports that it's four four years and $62 million.
Melancon split the 2016 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals, posting a 1.64 ERA in 75 games with 47 saves in 51 opportunities, 65 strikeouts, and 12 walks in 71 1/3 innings. He was acquired before the trade deadline this season on July 30th by the Nationals and saw success as the team's closer down the stretch. He pitched in four of the five games during the National League Division Series against the Dodgers and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and one save.
The Giants' bullpen failed to hold a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning of game four against the Chicago Cubs that led to an eventual 6-5 loss and eliminated from the postseason by the Chicago Cubs. Because of their second-half collapse nearly cost them a chance to play in the postseason, it was necessary for the front office to make it a priority by acquiring a well-established closer during the offseason.
Melancon, who turns 32 in March, spent parts of his eight major league seasons with the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, Pirates, and Nationals and posted a 2.25 ERA in 444 games, with 168 saves, 407 strikeouts, and 101 walks in his career thus far.null