Free-agent closer Mark Melancon appears to be in line for a big payday when he chooses his next team.
Rumor CentralThe 31-year-old has received multiple contract offers of four years and more than $60 million, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports, citing sources. The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals are two teams involved, while “perhaps one other” club appears to be in play.
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That other team isn’t expected to be the Colorado Rockies, who have shown interest in the right-hander this offseason, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post notes, writing that Melancon has indicated he would take less to pitch for his hometown club.
Rosenthal writes that the Giants’ offer is thought to be the strongest. San Francisco pursued Melancon “fervently” before he was dealt to the Nationals ahead of last season’s trade deadline and looks like an obvious fit, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets.
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Melancon posted a 1.64 ERA and 47 saves between the Nats and Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016. For what its worth, ESPN’s Keith Law wrote earlier this offseason that he wouldn’t give Melancon more than a one-year deal due to his checkered injury history.
“My job is pretty simple,” Mbah a Moute told ESPN.com. “Stand in the corner and make plays.” He’s doing just enough so far; Mbah a Moute has canned 42 percent of his corner 3s, and he looks more comfortable pumping-and-driving.
Steve Ballmer, L.A.’s moneybags owner, has already said he’ll pay the cost. Maxing out Griffin is a no-brainer, and the team expects Paul to demand the full five-year max (or whatever the longest possible deal ends up being in the revised collective bargaining agreement) to stick around, per several league sources. That would take him well past age 35. Gulp. Suitors will line up for Redick.