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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher | #43

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/28/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 9 (0) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Nationals are expected to "go hard" for Mark Melancon in free agency.
Melancon was dominant in his two-month stretch with Washington, converting 17-of-18 save chances to go with a magnificent 1.82 ERA. The soon-to-be free agent should have a robust market this winter, so the Nats will have to pay top dollar to retain him. Per Cafardo, Melancon would welcome being used in an Andrew Miller-type role as long as he earns closer money. Cafardo believes Melancon could draw interest from the Red Sox, who he played for in 2012. Oct 22 - 5:04 PM
Source: Boston Globe

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Mark Melancon slammed the door on the Dodgers in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a scoreless frame to preserve a three-run lead in Game 2 of the NLDS.

Melancon surrendered a one-out single to Justin Turner, but retired the rest of the side without incident including a swinging strikeout of Adrian Gonzalez. He provides a lock-down option in the ninth inning that was sorely lacking for the Nats for most of the regular season.
Oct 9 - 5:05 PM

Mark Melancon got four outs Saturday against the Marlins to earn his 46th save of the year.

With the tying run at first base, Nationals manager Dusty Baker called on Melancon to get the final out of the eighth inning before letting him finish the game off in the ninth. Melancon obliged, getting Jeff Francouer to ground out to end the threat in the eight and working a 1-2-3 ninth. Melancon has helped shore up the back end of the Nationals' bullpen after the trade from the Pirates, and he owns a 1.66 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 65/12 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings overall.
Oct 1 - 8:22 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth inning to notch his 44th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Called upon to protect a two-run lead, Melancon had a stress-free ninth with a couple groundouts and a strikeout. The veteran closer has nailed down 44-of-48 save opportunities this season, including 14-of-15 since joining the Nationals.
Sep 27 - 10:01 PM

Mark Melancon earned his 43rd save of the season Sunday in the Nationals' 10-7 defeat of the Pirates.

A nice bounceback outing from the veteran closer, who blew a save against his former team on Friday night. He worked a 1-2-3 inning Sunday on just 12 pitches, striking out one. Melancon has a 1.76 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 61/12 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings this season, and now 13 saves as a member of the Nationals.
Sep 25 - 5:52 PM

Facing his former team for the first time since the July's trade, Mark Melancon blew a save Friday against the Pirates.

It was his first blown save with the Nationals and of course it came against his former team. Melancon gave up the tying run on a double from Sean Rodriguez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He bounced back with a scoreless 10th inning, but the Pirates eventually won the game in the 11th.
Sep 24 - 12:34 AM

Mark Melancon struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning to secure his 41st save in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

Melancon came on for the ninth with the home team clinging to a 3-2 advantage. He fanned Odubel Herrera and Tommy Joseph to start the inning before surrendering a two-out single to Maikel Franco. He proceeded to strike out Cody Asche to end the game. The ace closer is now 41-for-44 in save chances between the Pirates and Nationals. All three of those blown saves came in a Pirates uniform.
Sep 11 - 5:04 PM

Mark Melancon gave up a run by still recorded his 39th save in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Melancon yielded a leadoff double and then a one-out RBI single to Dansby Swanson, but he got out of it by inducing a game-ending double play. The closer has allowed three runs over the last two days but hasn't blown a save since landing with the Nationals.
Sep 6 - 11:11 PM

Mark Melancon notched his 38th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Friday versus the Mets.

Melancon gave up a leadoff single to Alejandro De Aza to begin the frame, but he was able to snuff out any attempt at a rally beyond that. The 31-year-old has been a stabilizing force in the back-end of Washington’s bullpen since coming over from the Pirates. He has allowed just one run in 14 2/3 innings while going 8-for-8 in save chances.
Sep 2 - 11:22 PM

Mark Melancon issued a walk but hung on to collect his 37th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

Melancon walked Cesar Hernandez to lead off the ninth inning as he tried to protect a one-run lead, but he quickly rebounded with a strikeout and double play ball. He's a perfect 7-for-7 in save chances and has allowed just one run over 13 2/3 innings since arriving with the Nationals.
Aug 30 - 10:18 PM

Mark Melancon allowed two inherited runners to score and gave up a run of his own but survived the ninth inning to earn his 33rd save against the Braves on Saturday.

He was brought in with two runners on base in a 7-3 game. He gave up an RBI single to Ender Inciarte. Erick Aybar then drove in two more with a double but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. That brought the Braves to within one run but Melancon was able to retire Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp to end the game. He still has a sparkling 1.51 ERA despite the shaky outing.
Aug 13 - 10:57 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Mark Melancon from the Pirates for LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn.

Though the Nationals missed out in their pursuit of Aroldis Chapman, they managed to land the lockdown closer that they so desperately were seeking on the trade market. Melancon, who is set to hit free agency after this season, owns a minuscule 1.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 30 - 3:39 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals have agreed to acquire Mark Melancon from the Pirates.

It's a huge get for the Nationals and a major upgrade to their bullpen. Felipe Rivero is one of the players heading to the Pirates in the deal and they are getting an additional prospect as well. With Jonathan Papelbon struggling, Melancon will step right in and provide elite stability in the ninth inning.
Jul 30 - 3:02 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are focused on acquiring closer Mark Melancon from the Pirates.

There are multiple teams chasing after the Pirates stopper, and he would be an instant upgrade to the struggling Jonathan Papelbon in the Nationals bullpen. Melancon owns a stellar 1.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings while converting 30 saves.
Jul 30 - 1:56 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that, in addition to the Nationals, the Indians and Giants have also inquired on Mark Melancon.

The Pirates are fielding offer for their closer even as they're in the Wild Card hunt. Rosenthal says they're looking for a seventh-inning reliever type in addition to a prospect for Melancon.
Jul 29 - 3:10 PM

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