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RHP Mark Melancon agrees with Arizona on 2-year deal

Field Level Media
02 Dec 2021, 09:40 GMT+10

The Arizona Diamondbacks and veteran All-Star closer Mark Melancon reached an agreement Wednesday on a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2024.

Financial terms were not announced but the deal is worth $14 million, according to multiple reports.

Melancon, 36, is coming off an All-Star season with the San Diego Padres and led the major leagues with 39 saves. He signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with San Diego last February. He declined a $5 million player option for 2022.

The Diamondbacks will be Melancon's ninth team.

Melancon has notched 244 saves in his career, ranking fourth among all active pitchers behind Craig Kimbrel (372), Kenley Jansen (350) and Aroldis Chapman (306).

He is 34-30 with a 2.79 ERA in 670 relief appearances. He went 4-3 with 2.23 ERA last season in San Diego.

Melancon earned three All-Star appearances with the Pirates. Melancon led the majors with a career-high and Pirates-record 51 saves in 2015, his second All-Star season. He saved 130 games in three-plus seasons with the Pirates, who traded him to Washington at the trade deadline in 2016.

--Field Level Media

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