It's no secret the Giants' top offseason priority is to add back-end help to the bullpen.
Jeremy Affeldt is plenty familiar with the inner workings of the Giants bullpen after seven seasons with the team and with Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon headlining this year's free agent class of closers, Affeldt's preference is clear.
"Honestly, I like Melancon," Affeldt said on MLB Network Radio Monday morning. "The reason being is because he's got a couple pitches he can go to. He's not going to have the sexiness of a 100-mile-an-hour fastball and I don't think he's going to be a $100 million closer. But I do think he has different weapons that he can go to and he gets the job done efficiently."
Melancon, 31, went 2-2 last year with a 1.64 ERA, 47 saves and 65 strikeouts to 12 walks. He earned $9.65 million.
"Chapman, He can throw 100, but he scares me a little bit," Affelds said. "Not that he throws 100; 100 is more than enough velocity. But I do think he's straight and I do think he's erratic. And, I do think, if people want to look back, he blew four or five games in the playoffs. He doesn't always seal it up if you have to go to him for more than an inning or more than a couple days in a row. ... You can get to him. I really feel like you can."
Chapman, 28, went 4-1 last season with a 1.55 ERA, 36 saves and 90 strikeouts to 18 walks. He earned $11.325 million.
"I think (Melancon) is a better bet for the Giants in that division in that situation," Affeldt concluded.