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San Francisco Giants: The 16 Best Moments of 2016

Apr 7, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants fans enter the park before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants fans enter the park before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 1, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Mark Melancon (43) jogs onto the field from the bullpen against the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Mark Melancon (43) jogs onto the field from the bullpen against the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

No. 16: Melancon Signs

After the futilities of the bullpen, the Giants needed a solid solution for the closer role going into 2017 and the future. The Giants are moving on from their core four in the pen, and ushering in a new core. Out goes Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, and Javy Lopez. Thanks for the memories and the rings! In comes Strickland, Law, Gearrin, and Osich.

In the group of the “new bullpen core,” there is no real closer option at the present moment. That was concerning. Until the Giants signed Mark Melancon. Really, they could’ve gotten him at the deadline, and instead ended up with Will Smith (not bad, but not the real need). But, all that’s in the past, he’s on the Giants for the next couple years. He also signed the record contract for a relief pitcher, which is kinda cool and scary at the same time.

That lasted for like two days before Aroldis Chapman busted back through the Yankee Stadium clubhouse doors with stacks of cash in his hands/arms/pockets/shoes, whatever. Melancon is a Giant, and it is a significant moment in the year of 2016. Hopefully in 2017 we have a highlight package ending in a “Buster Hug” and mob at the mound in late October/early November.

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