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In order to trade Mark Melancon to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants needed the 34-year-old reliever to waive his no-trade clause.
In order to waive his no-trade clause, Melancon needed permission from his wife.
“I got a call two hours ago just saying, ‘Hey, it’s a small possibility,’ this and that,” Melancon told reporters just after the trade deadline Wednesday. “So that’s when I first heard about it. I said give me a few minutes to call my wife, she’s running the show here.”
According to Melancon, his wife was perfectly fine with a trade to Atlanta.
“But after we talked and realized that it was Atlanta, a really good situation over there, we obviously decided it would be OK,” he said.
Melancon signed a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants in the 2016 offseason, and The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reported the Braves will take on the entirety of the remaining money on his contract.
In return, the Giants received reliever Daniel Winkler and minor-league RHP Tristan Beck.
Winkler has bounced between Atlanta and AAA Gwinnett this season, compiling a 4.98 ERA with the major-league club. Beck was ranked as the Braves 19th-best prospect prior to the 2019 season, according to Fangraphs.
Melancon had a 3.50 ERA in 46 innings pitched for the Giants this season.
SFGATE digital editor Michael Rosen contributed to this report.
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