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Why Mark Melancon agreed to be dealt to Braves at MLB trade deadline

Why Mark Melancon agreed to be dealt to Braves at MLB trade deadline

PHILADELPHIA -- For weeks, the speculation had been that Madison Bumgarner might be asked to waive his no-trade clause before Wednesday's MLB trade deadline. Instead it was another Giants pitcher faced with a choice that had to be made quickly.

About two hours before the 4 p.m. deadline, Mark Melancon was called and asked if he would waive his full no-trade to join the Atlanta Braves. Melancon quickly called his wife. 

"She runs the show here," Melancon said, smiling, "But after we talked we realized it's Atlanta and a really good situation over there."

The right-hander joins a team that is running away with the NL East and has championship aspirations. The Braves added multiple pieces to their bullpen and obviously felt Melancon, a former All-Star closer, can be an important part moving forward. They felt strongly enough that they took on the remaining $18 million of Melancon's four-year contract, one of the day's biggest stunners. Melancon has one year remaining after this one. 

For the Giants, the move cleared payroll and a roster spot. They would like a more flexible bullpen, and Melancon -- like Drew Pomeranz and Sam Dyson -- could not be optioned to the minors. The Giants did lose a contributor, though. Melancon had a 3.50 ERA in 43 appearances and was throwing very well in July, with his curveball becoming a dominant pitch again. 

The final stretch was the best part of Melancon's two-plus years in San Francisco. After the 2016 NLDS collapse, the Giants signed him to a then-record deal, one that was part of Bobby Evans' downfall. A pronator injury limited Melancon in 2017 and 2018 and he ended up saving just 15 games for the Giants. 

As he walked out the door Wednesday, Melancon admitted the time here was "disappointing, really." He hoped to pitch better. He hoped to be part of what the Giants are doing this year, but ultimately the front office asked him to go elsewhere. 

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"Physically with my arm, I went through some things that were unexpected," he said. "But I'd like to think I gave it all I could and produced as much as I could. It would have been really neat to stick it out and see where this team goes."

"I would have enjoyed that ride just as much, but this is a new opportunity for me."

A's acquire pitcher Tanner Roark from Reds before MLB trade deadline

A's acquire pitcher Tanner Roark from Reds before MLB trade deadline

The A's made another addition to their starting rotation Wednesday morning, acquiring veteran right-hander Tanner Roark and cash considerations from the Reds in exchange for minor league outfield prospect Jameson Hannah.

The trade was first reported by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, with MLB Network's Jon Heyman first to report that Hannah was heading to Cincinnati. The A's confirmed the deal later Wednesday afternoon.

Roark, 32, is 6-7 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 21 starts this season. In seven major league seasons, he is 70-61 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.

Roark is earning $10 million this year and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports that Cincinnati will pay the majority of his remaining salary, which is a little over $3 million.

Roark should slot in as Oakland's number two or three starter, joining Mike Fiers, Brett Anderson, Chris Bassitt, and Homer Bailey, with Daniel Mengden likely the odd man out. Bailey came over from Kansas City earlier this month in exchange for infield prospect Kevin Merrell.

Roark features a fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup, with an occasional cutter as well. He pitches well to contact and doesn't walk many hitters, which should benefit him in Oakland, especially with the A's strong defense behind him.

Hannah was ranked as the A's No. 8 prospect by MLB Pipeline. The 21-year-old is slashing .283/.341/.381 with two home runs, 25 doubles, 31 RBI and six stolen bases this season at High-A Stockton. He was Oakland's second-round draft pick in 2018 out of Dallas Baptist University.

While Hannah is a solid average hitter, he doesn't have great power, and the A's feature plenty of outfield depth, both in the majors and minors. Ultimately, that made him expendable.

This appears to be a beneficial trade for both teams.

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MLB trade deadline 2019: Live updates, rumors, tracker, news, analysis

MLB trade deadline 2019: Live updates, rumors, tracker, news, analysis

After weeks of speculation, the MLB trade finally is almost here. Teams must make a deal by July 31 at 1 p.m. PT, and plenty of players could be on the move. 

Will the Giants trade longtime ace Madison Bumgarner? Multiple sources have told NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic that the feel within the organization and clubhouse is that Bumgarner will not get dealt

But a pitcher like Drew Pomeranz or another reliever certainly could be on the move from San Francisco. 

As the A's battle for another playoff push, could Billy Beane and Co. make a big splash? Oakland reportedly has already called the Mets about a possible Noah Syndergaard trade and they have the prospects that could get the big right-hander. 

We'll find out soon enough. Tune in right here for the latest news, rumors and updates before the trade deadline.


1:13 p.m.: The big bombshell was broken by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal when he reported that the D-backs were trading ace Zack Greinke to the Astros.'s Mark Feinsand reported that the Astros are giving up their No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 22 prospects in the trade.

1:10 p.m.: The Cubs got the big bat their were looking for, acquiring Nick Castellanos from the Tigers, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported.

The Athletic's Patrick Mooney reported that the Cubs sent their 2017 first-round draft pick to Detroit.

1:08 p.m.: Former Giants starter Mike Leake was traded by the Mariners to the D-backs, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported.

1:02 p.m.: The MLB trade deadline passed at 1 p.m. PT with Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith and Tony Watson staying put.

12:42 p.m.: Farhan Zaidi was able to work his magic and unload Mark Melancon's contract, trading the veteran reliever to the Braves for two pitchers.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reported that the Braves are taking on the rest of Melancon's contract.

12:13 p.m.: The Dodgers have beefed up their bench by acquiring Jedd Gyorko from the Cardinals, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported.

12:08 p.m.: One of the best young closers in the game is off the board as the Braves are close to acquiring Shane Green from the Tigers, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported.

11:49 am: The Phillies have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Pirates, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the Phillies will send international slot money back to their in-state rival.

11:48 a.m.: The D'backs have traded their No. 1 prospect Jazz Chisholm to the Marlins for starter Zac Gallen, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported.

11:34 a.m.: Former Giants closer Hunter Strickland has been traded from the Mariners to the Nationals,'s Mark Feinsand reported.

11:25 a.m.: The Giants and A's both have made moves. Drew Pomeranz will be going to the Brewers for infielder Mauricio Dubon, NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic has confirmed.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that Ray Black will also be going from the Giants to the Brewers in the trade.

The A's have acquired pitcher Tanner Roark from the Reds, the team announced.

10:24 a.m.: The Giants have reinforcement bullpen arms from the minors coming to Philadelphia just in case they make a trade, NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported.

10:15 a.m.: The Giants reportedly had a scout at a recent Matthew Boyd start, but MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports the Tigers lefty likely is staying put in Detroit.

9:55 a.m.: Bumgarner and Smith staying in the Bay? MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Giants are leaning towards keeping their star lefty pitchers.

8:20 a.m.: The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports the Mets have taken ace Noah Syndergaard off the market. 

Will a team get desperate to trade for Bumgarner now?

8:01 a.m.: MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports the Giants are having "sell" conversations with their pitchers just hours before the deadline. 

5:40 a.m.: While Bumgarner has an eight-team no-trade list, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports rival executives believe he wouldn't veto a trade to a contender. 

5:35 a.m.: Despite the Indians' blockbuster trade Tuesday night, ESPN's Buster Olney reports Cleveland is looking to make more moves. 

The Indians enter Wednesday two games ahead of the A's for the top spot in the AL wild-card race.


9:57 p.m. The Cincinnati Reds surprised plenty of people with their trade for Trevor Bauer. They reportedly don't have any more surprises in mind, and plan on keeping him.

8:17 p.m.'s Mark Feinsand reported per a source that some of the bullpen arm asking prices are varied:

With Dyson and Watson on the "more reasonable side," that could create a stronger case for Bumgarner staying in orange and black. Zaidi could still get a return for those arms with enough to muffle the trade talks surrounding the ace. 

7:48 p.m. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported earlier the trade market would "begin to unclog," and it did just that.

He then reported Trevor Bauer has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team deal with the San Diego Padres:'s Mark Feinsand had the entirety of the deal:

With that being said, ESPN's Buster Olney gave an update in regard to how the Bauer move impacts Madison Bumgarner:

4:50 p.m.: The trade market is beginning to "unclog," as ESPN's Jeff Passan puts it. And Madison Bumgarner still reportedly is available.

4:20 p.m.: MadBum and Trevor Bauer are two of the biggest fish in the sea. Who will get them? MLB Network's Jon Heyman says the Yankees could be an option, and the Giants are listening.

3:07 p.m.: The Astros remain focused on acquiring a starting pitcher. Could Trevor Bauer land in Houston? MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that there's been "recent communication" between the Astros and Indians.

2:05 p.m.: Could Noah Syndergaard head to the NL West? The Padres have made an offer for the Mets ace, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

1:20 p.m.: Yasiel Puig to the Braves? Atlanta has shown some interest in former Giants' nemesis, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported.

12:46 p.m.: MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports the Giants and Nationals have discussed a trade regarding left-hander Drew Pomeranz. 

11:19 a.m.: Despite rumblings that link Bumgarner to the Astros,'s Mark Feinsand has been told by a source it's "doubtful" the Giants trade their ace. 

11:19 a.m.: Joel Sherman of the New York Post also is hearing that the Astros are in on Bumgarner. 

11:07 a.m.: Houston is determined to get a top-flight starter. Along with Bumgarner, the Astros also are interested in D-backs lefty Robbie Ray, per Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown

10:40 a.m.: Bumgarner to the Astros? The Giants and Houston are "engaged" on a potential deal, Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reported.

7:42 a.m.: MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports the Astros are interested in Tigers starting pitchers Matt Boyd. This clearly could hurt the A's in their hopes of winning the AL West. 

7:10 a.m.: MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports the Astros, Rangers and Rays are in the trade market for Orioles slugger Trey Mancini. All three teams could push the A's out of the playoffs. 

5:36 a.m.: The Athletic's Peter Gammons reports he's hearing the Yankees could be sending outfielder Clint Frazier to Arizona for a pitcher.

This would bring another power bat to the NL West and likely knock the Yankees off the list of teams looking to trade for Bumgarner.

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