Sports Illustrated reports the news former Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals closer Mark Melancon, 31, has reached a four year, in the ballpark range of $60 and $65 million dollar contract with the San Fransisco Giants on Monday.Melancon has pitched as a closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2013-2016 before he was traded to the Washington Nationals on July 30, 2016 for pitchers Felipe Rivero and Taylor Hearn since the Pirates were at the time not in contention to make a playoff run in the 2016 Major League Baseball season.Melancon has pitched in the Major Leagues for the New York Yankees from 2009-2010, Houston Astros from 2010-2011, Boston Red Sox in 2012, Pittsburgh Pirates from 2013-2016 and Washington Nationals in 2016.Melancon will be the highest paid relief pitcher in the Major Leagues when the 2017 Major League Baseball season begins unless another team in the Major Leagues can sign a free agent closer for a larger salary to join their team.Melcancon’s overall record in the Major Leagues is 21 wins and 18 losses with an earned run average of 2.60 with 168 saves.His presence with the Giants should improve their chances of making another playoff run in 2017.News source is SportsIlustrated.com and the image is from Pinterest.com
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