Mark Melancon#43, RP, San Francisco
- March 28, 1985
- Birth Place:
- Arvada, Colorado
- 2006 9ᵗʰ round by the New York Yankees
— Player Notes
Advice: Melancon got a front-loaded deal, as he'll make $34 million of his $62 million contract in the first two years when you factor in his $20 million signing bonus. It might still be unlikely that he opts out of being paid $28 million for his age 34-35 seasons, but if he remains an elite closer for the next two years it's a possibility.
More: Jeff Passan on TwitterMon, Dec 5 Rotoworld
Advice: Melancon still needs to take a physical, but general manager Bobby Evans made the deal official on Monday. It was a virtual certainty that the Giants were going to bring in a closer this winter after all the problems they had in the ninth inning in 2016. They didn't want to pay up for Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman but were willing to hand Melancon what is currently the largest contract ever for a reliever. Melancon will turn 32 in March.Mon, Dec 5 Rotoworld
Advice: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it's a four-year, $62 million deal. Late-inning bullpen issues were a big problem for the Giants in 2016, especially in the second half and postseason, and Melancon brings a terrific amount of stability to that department. He doesn't have the strikeout rates of some other top-tier closers (like free agents Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen) but the 31-year-old right-hander boasts a 1.80 ERA and 0.91 WHIP over his last 290 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season. An official announcement should be coming soon, after Melancon passes his pre-signing physical.
More: Buster Olney on TwitterMon, Dec 5 Rotoworld
Advice: Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports Radio AM 1340 was the first on this report. Melancon fits the Giants' obvious need for a closer and this deal -- if finalized -- should jumpstart the bidding for fellow elite relievers Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman. Melancon, 31, had a brilliant 1.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 65/12 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Pirates and Nationals.
More: Ken Rosenthal on TwitterMon, Dec 5 Rotoworld
Advice: It's not the greatest source, but there have been many other rumblings connecting Melancon to the Giants over the last couple of weeks. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reported Monday morning that the Nationals made a four-year offer to Melancon worth less than $60 million and that it probably wasn't going to be enough to get a deal done because Melancon and his agent already had better proposals on the table. There could very well be legs here on a deal with San Francisco.
More: Les Shapiro on TwitterMon, Dec 5 Rotoworld
Advice: Which could mean the Nats are out of the running, because Melancon reportedly has multiple four-year offers on the table in the $60 million range. And it doesn't sound like Washington is planning a pursuit of Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen, who are both thought to be seeking something close to $100 million. Melancon, 31, posted a brilliant 1.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 65/12 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Pirates and Nationals.
More: Washington PostMon, Dec 5 Rotoworld
Advice: The Marlins' interest in Kenley Jansen had been reported previously, but Heyman says that Miami is showing interest in Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon, as well, in their hopes of building a "super bullpen." Melancon's market has been heating up of late and the feeling had been that he was down to the Nationals and Giants, but it looks like the Marlins might sneak in there.
More: FanRagSports.comSun, Dec 4 Rotoworld
Advice: Rosenthal said those offers came from the Giants, Nationals and "perhaps one other" club. The Giants' offer is reportedly the strongest. Things seem to be moving quickly on Melancon and it wouldn't be a surprise if he signed during the Winter Meetings, which start tomorrow in Maryland.
More: Ken Rosenthal on TwitterSat, Dec 3 Rotoworld
Advice: Crasnick says that the Nationals and Giants are "still in the mix" for the closer. He adds that the Giants could be in better position to make a deal for Melancon work since the Nats are currently focused on a trade for Andrew McCutchen and possibly Chris Sale. Melancon is expected to land a contract in the four-year, $60 million range, according to Crasnick.Rotoworld
Advice: "I won’t say much," said Bridich. "Like we have done with a lot of guys, we have had conversations, and we have checked in on Mark." There's been natural speculation here since Melancon is from Colorado, but contenders like the Giants, Nationals, and Dodgers figure to be in the mix here, so the bidding could get higher than the Rockies' comfort level. As of now, Adam Ottavino projects to be the Rockies' closer in 2017.
More: Denver PostWed, Nov 30 Rotoworld
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