The San Francisco Giants get their Closer
Entering the offseason, the open market consisted of three top closers in Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon who were all expected to be highly sought-after free agents. As well as all three guys were expected to shatter Jonathan Papelbon’s former record of Four-Years, $50 million deal for a closer.
The San Francisco Giants who have been in search for bullpen help, agreed to a Four-year, $62 million deal with Mark Melancon to become their closer and be the first to beat Papelbon’s deal. In 2016, Santiago Casilla was the Giants’ closer and although he saved 31 games, he had a mediocre 3.57 ERA and a league high 9 blown saves. The Giants’ bullpen as a whole was a big issue as the team blew 30 saves, and posted a 3.65 ERA in the regular season en-route to one of the shakiest pens in baseball. Their struggles continued into the postseason, as the bullpen once again collapsed ending their 2016 season, allowing 4 runs in the ninth inning of Game 7 to the eventual 2016 Champions, Chicago Cubs.
Melancon, 31, is a 3-time All Star and has saved a league high 98 games over the past 2 seasons. He continued his dominance as one of the best closers in baseball, posting a 1.64 ERA, while saving 47 games in 2016 between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals. Melancon is a great sign for the Giants who clearly needed to shore up their bullpen, and now have their stud closer to end games behind a strong starting rotation of Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Matt Moore, Jeff Samardzija, and Matt Cain.