The details of Mark Melancon’s four-year, $62 million contract are trickling in, and there are quirks. When a team gives out a record-setting contract, there are usually going to be quirks. This is no exception. Quirks!
... the biggest downside to every contract is that the team will have to pay the entire contract to a pitcher who isn't worth it. That's still true with a traditional contract. (The) biggest downside specific to an opt-out deal is that another team might get the chance to absorb the risk of a pitcher entering his mid-30s
Still applies. If the Giants get an All-Star closer for two years, then watch him sail away, they’ll still have been thrilled to have Melancon pitch so well while he was here. He’ll go to a team that will pay him too much, for too long, and they’ll absorb the future risk.
If Melancon pitches so poorly he doesn’t exercise the opt-out, it’s the same worst-case scenario as with a traditional contract. Check back in with me in a year to see how thrilled I am with opt-out clauses after Johnny Cueto exercises his. Through the tears, it’s possible that I will admit defeat. Not until then, however.
- A full no-trade clause
- A $20 million bonus, with $12 million paid up front and $8 million deferred
- $4 million salary in 2017
- $10 million in 2018
- $14 million in both 2019 and 2020
So if he’s opting out, the Giants will have gotten two years of sterling closer work for $34 million. That’s pricey, but if he thinks he can make more than $14 million per year, or get a longer deal, he’s probably still pitching at an All-Star level.
It’s a ridiculous amount for a pitcher who will throw just an inning every other day, but we watched what can happen to a team without the kind of comfort that a steady closer can buy. It broke us. It broke us all. Mark Melancon will save us. Mark Melancon will save us. Mark Melancon will s