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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher | #41

Team: San Francisco Giants
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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Mark Melancon will join the United States for the Championship Round of the World Baseball.
And he might serve as their closer even as Luke Gregerson has done a fine job to this point. Melancon signed a four-year, $62 million contract with the Giants over the offseason. Mar 19 - 12:13 PM

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Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless inning in his second Cactus League appearance Tuesday versus the Padres.

He entered in the bottom of the third and worked an easy 1-2-3 inning, picking up one strikeout. Melancon also worked a hitless frame in his spring debut Saturday against the Cubs. The veteran closer looks ready for the regular season here on February 28.
Feb 28 - 6:57 PM

Mark Melancon has decided that he won't pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Melancon signed a four-year, $62 million contract with the Giants last week and wants to spend a full spring training with his new organization. The Giants are surely appreciative that their new investment decided against participating.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Mark Melancon's four-year contract with the Giants includes an opt-out after the second season.

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.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 05:54:00 PM

Giants signed RHP Mark Melancon to a four-year, $62 million contract.

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, 2016 04:17:00 PM

Mark Melancon has agreed to a contract with the Giants, per Buster Olney of ESPN.

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.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 12:43:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms the Giants are close to an agreement with Mark Melancon.

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.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports Radio AM 1340 is being told the Giants are wrapping up a deal with free agent closer Mark Melancon.

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.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 10:26:00 AM

According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Nationals made a four-year offer to Mark Melancon but it was worth less than $60 million.

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.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 08:51:00 AM

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.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:06:00 PM

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.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 11:06:00 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.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 04:09:00 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
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:40:00 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.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 08:17:00 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.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 03:17:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Nick Hundley
3Trevor Brown
1B1Brandon Belt
2Michael Morse
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
3Aaron Hill
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Jimmy Rollins
3B1Eduardo Nunez
2Conor Gillaspie
3Gordon Beckham
4Jae-gyun Hwang
LF1Jarrett Parker
2Mac Williamson
3Justin Ruggiano
CF1Denard Span
2Gorkys Hernandez
3Slade Heathcott
RF1Hunter Pence
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Matt Moore
5Matt Cain
6Albert Suarez
7Ty Blach
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Hunter Strickland
3Will Smith
4Derek Law
5Steven Okert
6Cory Gearrin
7George Kontos
8Josh Osich
9Bryan Morris
10Neil Ramirez
11Jose Dominguez
12Michael Roth
13Matt Reynolds