RHP Mark Melancon strikes 2-year deal with Arizona Diamondbacks

Dec 1, 2021, 2:35 PM | Updated: Dec 16, 2021, 8:42 pm

San Diego Padres pitcher Mark Melancon throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the ninth in...

San Diego Padres pitcher Mark Melancon throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the ninth inning during a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Relief pitcher Mark Melancon and the Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly struck a two-year deal, confirms Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

The agreement is worth $14 million with a third-year club option of $5 million and a $2 million buyout, Gambadoro adds.

The deal with the right-hander was first reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Melancon, 36, is coming off the fourth All-Star campaign of his lengthy career. He led MLB with 39 saves for the San Diego Padres in 2021, making 64 appearances and finishing 53 of those.

He posted a 2.23 ERA and 1.222 WHIP.

Before playing for San Diego last year, Melancon previously spent time with the New York Yankees (2009-10), Houston Astros (2010-11), Boston Red Sox (2012), Pittsburgh Pirates (2013-16), Washington Nationals (2016), San Francisco Giants (2017-19) and Atlanta Braves (2019-20).

His prior All-Star seasons came in Pittsburgh (2013, 2015) and Washington (2016).

The Diamondbacks are restructuring their bullpen that last year had the second-worst reliever ERA of 5.08.

Arizona did not have a reliever post more than six saves during its 52-110 run last season.

The D-backs’ agreement with Melancon comes before the current Collective Bargaining Agreement ends on Wednesday and the league braces for a lockout following tepid negotiations.

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