SF Giants’ worst deals, No. 2: Mark Melancon signing, 2016-2017 offseason
Following the heartbreaking way the Giants lost in the 2016 National League Division Series, a closer was all they needed to be primed to compete again. So when the Giants inked Mark Melancon to a four-year, $62 million deal at the Winter Meetings it just seemed like a perfect fit for all parties.
That’s how things were supposed to go anyways. The 2017 season was a disaster for the Giants when they compiled a 64-98 record, which was tied for the worst in the league that season.
On top of that, the season began with Madison Bumgarner hitting two home runs on Opening Day in Arizona before Melancon came in to close the door and did anything but that to begin the season.
Eventually in his time with the Giants, he would be moved to different roles around the bullpen. He started to find a home with a role in middle relief, but he still wasn’t what the team thought they had gotten. Yet, he could never really find that form that he had when he was one of the best closers in the game from 2013-2016.
Melancon’s time in a Giants uniform came to an end when he was dealt to the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline last season. The Braves took on all of the remaining money due to Melancon while they sent Dan Winkler and Tristen Beck back in return.
At the time this deal seemed to make sense, but this signing wasn’t one of the best ones by the Giants management.