Giants trade reliever Mark Melancon to Braves, reports say

San Francisco Giants reliever Mark Melancon was reportedly dealt to the Braves Wednesday, bringing an end to the right-hander’s uneven tenure in San Francisco. In return, the Giants reportedly received reliever Daniel Winkler and minor-league RHP Tristan Beck.

The deal was first reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Melancon signed a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants in the 2016 offseason following an outstanding season pitching for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals. Melancon compiled a 1.64 ERA in 2016 and was widely considered to be one of the top reliever options on the free-agent market.

After inking his contract with the Giants, things went downhill almost immediately. Melancon finished his first season in San Francisco with a 4.50 ERA, eventually losing his grip on the closer role after heading to the DL in June 2017. Melancon never really recovered from his poor 2017, posting decent ERAs in both 2018 and 2019 while serving in a middle-relief role.

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