Maybe the most unattractive of the relievers on this list, Mark Melancon has some caveats associated with acquiring him at the deadline. Still trying to work his way back to respectability after a poor 2017 limited by injuries, the former All-Star closer is someone the Giants will surely shop this summer.
More important than past struggles and injuries is the contract Melancon is taking him this year and next. Owed a total of $14 million this year and the same in 2020, he’s a high-cost reliever who didn’t pan out.
However, if the Mets were willing to take on a large portion of his salary, they wouldn’t have to give up much at all to land the ex-star reliever. I’m doubtful they would go in this direction, though. Perhaps they change their ways if the deal allows them to dump some salary of their own—such as Juan Lagares.
Melancon’s career included some of baseball’s best from relievers in modern years. From 2013-2016, he had three seasons with an ERA below 2.00. The one year he didn’t it was at 2.23 ERA. Oh, and he also led the league with 51 saves.
Melancon is no stranger to trades. The most recent occurred at the July trade deadline back in 2016 when the Pirates dealt him to the Washington Nationals for Taylor Hearn and Felipe Vazquez. Melancon was terrific for the Nationals and helped them capture the National League East.
Most likely, any deal involving Melancon would not include the Mets. Expect a team with more money to burn to target him if all other resources fail.
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