The relief pitching trades continue. The Giants and Braves, both of whom have already finalized pitching trades today, have finalized a deal that sends reliever Mark Melancon to Atlanta, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Buster Olney. San Francisco will receive Tristan Beck and Daniel Winkler in return, per Robert Murray of The Athletic.
The Atlanta Braves are nearing a deal to acquire reliever Mark Melancon from the San Francisco Giants, sources tell @Buster_ESPN and me.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
#Braves acquiring Mark Melancon from #SFGiants in exchange for Tristan Beck and Daniel Winkler, sources tell The Athletic.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 31, 2019
The Giants are also sending cash considerations to the Braves, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. Melancon is waiving his no-trade clause. It’s unclear what the Braves are sending back to San Fran.
Per source, #SFGiants are sending cash to #Braves to cover some of Melancon's contract.— Andersen Pickard (@andersenreports) July 31, 2019
In 43 relief appearances this year, Melancon is 4-2 with a 3.50 ERA. He has allowed 49 runs on 18 hits in 46.1 innings while striking out 44 batters and walking 16. Melancon, a three-time All-Star, was drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2006 draft. He has since played for the Astros, Red Sox, Pirates, and Nationals (in addition to the Yankees, Giants, and now, Braves).
Melancon is on the third year of the four-year, $62 million pact he signed ahead of the 2017 season. He is owed $14 million both this year and next, which is why it was crucial for San Francisco to send cash to Atlanta in this deal.
This move comes on the heels of the Braves acquiring Shane Greene from the Tigers. The Giants’ moves today consist of sending Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black to the Brewers.
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