It’s Almost Over
The San Francisco Giants will have $38.8 million coming off the books after next season when the disappointing duo of Jeff Samardzija and Mark Melancon finally play out the remainder of their ill-advised contracts.
Samardzija, 34, had one above-average season to show for his five-year, $90 million deal to this point, and his performance this year has given no indication that he will come close to earning his salary next season.
In 16 starts, he’s posted a 4.52 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, recording just three quality starts along the way.
As for Melancon, he imploded in the closer’s role shortly after signing a four-year, $62 million deal.
After logging a 3.78 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with 14 saves in 23 chances during his first two seasons with the team, he’s settled into a middle relief role this season with a 3.48 ERA and 8.6 K/9 in 32 appearances.
It’s not out of the question to think he might get another shot at closing games if Will Smith and Sam Dyson are both traded and the team doesn’t think Reyes Moronta is ready for the role.
Neither of these is a good contract by any stretch of the imagination, but at least they’re winding to a close.