San Francisco Giants Sign Mark Melancon and Other Developments
There was an article in the SF Chronicle today entitled, “New Giants Closer Mark Melancon Explains Why He Picked SF.” Surprisingly, the quote, “They gave me a sh*$-load of money!” appears nowhere in the article.
The Giants were determined to sign Mark Melancon and they did by the basic expedient of offering him the most money. It’s an all-in kind of move since Melancon will be 32 in 2017, but now is the time for one last run at going deep into the post-season with this core of players.
Today’s big news is the Chris Sale trade. It’s a hard pill to swallow for Chi-Sox fans, given that they had a good chance at their first over .500 season since 2011 going in to the upcoming season, and now they most certainly do not. The team went 18-14 in Sale’s 32 2016 starts, which means the team without him is going to have to be about 12 games better than they were last year to finish 2017 with a winning record.
From White Sox management’s perspective, though, the move makes a great deal of sense. Sale was definitely a squeaky wheel in 2016, and the White Sox got a boat-load of young talent in exchange for the three years of now bargain-price control on Sale’s contract. Yoan Moncado, Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe all look like great prospects, and Chicago got a fourth B-level prospect to boot. Things might look up dramatically for the White Sox in 2018 or 2019.