Mark Melancon Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/28/1985 (36)
Mark Melancon Season Stats
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Mark Melancon News
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed relief pitcher Mark Melancon, according to a tweet from MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Per Heyman, it's a two-year deal that includes a third-year option with a $2 million buyout. Including the buyout, the contract is for $14 million with an additional $2 million potentially in incentives. The veteran reliever pitched for the division-rival San Diego Padres in 2021, notching 39 saves in 64 appearances. Melancon also pitched to a 2.23 ERA and a 3.36 FIP in 64 2/3 innings while registering 59 strikeouts and 25 walks. He seems like a decent bet to close games for the Diamondbacks with Joe Mantiply, Noe Ramirezand J.B. Wendelken on hand as setup options.
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Mark Melancon declined the option on his contract Friday, instead choosing to re-enter the free-agent pool. He will receive a $1 million buyout. This does not come as a surprise, as Melancon led the majors with 39 saves in 2021. He figures to do better than his $5 million option on the open market. In addition to his impressive save total, he recorded a 2.23 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with 59 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings across 64 appearances. Wherever he lands, fantasy managers should take note of the bullpen hierarchy, as this will largely dictate Melancon's value in 2022 drafts.
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Mark Melancon worked a scoreless ninth inning to lock down an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. The four-time All-Star was summoned to close the deal after the Angels put up four runs between the seventh and eighth innings. The 36-year-old has had a stellar 2021 campaign, posting a league-leading 37 saves, 1.88 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 52 strikeouts across 57 1/3 innings. What Melancon lacks in strikeout and WHIP upside, he makes up for in ERA and saves opportunities on an elite team.
Despite only playing in 23 games in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Mark Melancon continued to prove his value on the field.Melancon had eleven saves in 2020, following a 2019 season in which he went 5-2 with 12 saves while playing for the Giants and Braves. The Braves' bullpen was filled with talent in 2020, requiring Melancon to have a break every now and then. With a potentially full season, the 35-year-old could end up providing a boost to any bullpen. In 2019 he almost tied his career high in strikeouts with 68 punchouts. A repeat of this performance will almost certainly contribute to success. For the first time since 2016, Melancon's WAR was 1.0 in 2020, while he dominated the postseason with five strikeouts and two saves in 6.1 innings. Melancon has signed on with the Padres, but the crowded bullpen might make it difficult for him to stand out. Despite this, Melancon's value should not be taken for granted. 2021 looks to be the year thatMelancon can reaffirm himself as a high-profile reliever in a market that is deep with talent. Keep an eye on the veteran at ADP 267 for some late-inning help with the potential for save opportunities.