Atlanta Braves acquire Mark Melancon from San Francisco
The Atlanta Braves acquired one of the bullpen prizes of this trade deadline in Shane Greene. According to ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan and MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi, Atlanta has also acquired reliever Mark Melancon from the San Francisco Giants.
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
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2019
Melancon has posted a 3.50 ERA in 46 1/3 innings with the Giants this season, and was always likely to be expendable given his high salary and San Francisco’s wealth of bullpen arms.
Though he has a rather ugly WHIP of 1.403, Melancon’s 8.5 K/9 and 3.33 FIP are far more encouraging peripherals, and he rarely surrenders the long ball, which is a commodity this season. Not to mention, he has not allowed a run since July 14.
Melancon struggled to replicate the same kind of success that he had with the Pittsburgh Pirates in San Francisco. However, it is wholly possible that Melancon could act as another setup man for the newly-acquired Greene, and he could relish a more concrete role in the later innings after being more of a middle reliever with the Giants.
Atlanta has now added a third reliever prior to the deadline, as Melancon joins both Chris Martin and Greene to assist a bullpen that has been the least valuable unit in baseball, according to FanGraphs fWAR.
Aside from bolstering the team with a number of additional relievers, the Braves and Alex Anthopoulos have kept stride with the Washington Nationals, who also acquired a trio of relievers to address bullpen issues of their own.
While teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs have failed to make real impact moves in the bullpen, the Braves continue to cement their status with this recent slew of moves.