Friday, December 9, 2016
Winter Meetings recap: Chapman back to Yanks, Melancon to Giants as relievers sign record-breaking deals
It kicked off with the San Francisco Giants filling their top need, when they signed closer Mark Melancon to a 4 year, $62 mil deal, a record setter for a reliever. After the Giants, who led the league in blown saves last season (with 30 blown saves, or BS), had their closer in the past, Santiago Casilla, hit the free agent market, it was a top priority to add one of the 3 big closers on the market, in Melancon, Aroldis Chapman and/or Kenley Jansen. Signing Melancon can help out tremendously for the Giants in the end of games, while starters Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore do the other work.
Melancon wasn't the only of the "big three" who signed during the winter meetings as Chapman rejoined the New York Yankees on a 5 year, $86 mil deal. Chapman, who spent about 3 quarters of last season with the Bronx bombers, was traded to the Chicago Cubs for 3 prospects, mainly no. 2 prospect Gleyber Torres in July. Before that, Chapman's 2.01 ERA, and 20 saves with New York was clear he was comfortable in the Bronx. The Yankees, who acquired the 3 digit thrower from the Cincinnati Reds in a deal which included just a solid prospect, (SP Rookie Davis) and a couple other career backups for a star had some sort of an unplanned-master plan start. (to get Chapman for basically nothing, sell him for a lot more, than re-sign him for a lot more.) Chapman, who broke Melancon's quickly held contract record for a reliever, will close games out for the Yanks, with Dellin Betances setting him up in 2017.