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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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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins "seem intent on trying to beat some big-market teams for the services of one of the 'big three' closers."
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. Dec 4 - 4:06 PM

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Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms Mark Melancon has received multiple four-year offers for at least $60 million.

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.
Dec 3 - 11:06 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that talks with Mark Melancon are "moving along."

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.
Dec 2 - 4:09 PM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich confirmed Tuesday that the club has checked in on free agent closer Mark Melancon.

"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.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 30 - 10:40 AM

David Vassegh of AM570 Sports in Los Angeles believes that the Dodgers could have interest in free agent hurler Mark Melancon.

Vassegh cites the fact that the Dodgers had talks with the Pirates regarding Melancon prior to last season's trade deadline. With Kenley Jansen also on the open market, the Dodgers currently have a vacancy in the ninth inning and could look to acquire multiple late-inning relievers this winter, putting Melancon firmly in play.
Nov 13 - 8:17 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Mark Melancon will be in San Francisco on Friday to visit with the Giants' brass.

The Giants have also been connected to Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, and Passan was told by one of the club's officials that "we are getting one of the big closers (this offseason)." It's no surprise, of course, after the Giants narrowly missed out on a playoff spot due in large part to 30 blown saves. Melancon is the oldest (32 in March) and least dominant of the three "big" closers, but he's still one of the most effective ninth-inning men in the game and will strike it rich this winter.
Nov 11 - 3:17 PM

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.
Source: Boston Globe
Oct 22 - 5:04 PM

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

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