July 29, 2011
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Barry Zito is healthy and on track to take his next turn in the rotation Sunday, but the Giants may not let him make the start after coughing up six runs in seven innings his last time out.San Francisco has to be announced listed as Sundays scheduled starter and manager Bruce Bochy explained that were leaving it open for now when asked about Zitos status.NEWS: Giants' Sanchez throws 95 pitches for Grizzlies
Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News notes that there are no other options to start on the current roster, as Jonathan Sanchez just threw six innings at Triple-A and the other starter candidates wont be fully rested. He speculates that the Giants could call up 23-year-old prospect Eric Surkamp from Double-A, with Zito being moved to the bullpen for the final two months.READ MORE AT HARDBALLTALK.com
Over the last three seasons, nobody has registered more saves than new Giants closer Mark Melancon.
The three-time All-Star is 131 for 141 in save opportunities over that span.
Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper spoke with Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo about what Melancon brings to the table.
"Mike (Krukow) and I both talked to F.P. and he basically said, 'He's boring. The ninth inning is boring.' And we were like, 'Really? Wow. We haven't seen that in awhile.' So a boring ninth inning would be good for everybody," Kuiper said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday. "Our fans, it would certainly be good for our manager and pitching coach because those two guys had to wear it."
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The Giants blew 30 saves in 2016 -- the most in baseball -- and Giants GM Bobby Evans made it very clear from the moment the season ended that adding a closer was the team's top priority.
San Francisco is confident assimilating Melancon won't be an issue.
He looks like one of those guys who will fit into the clubhouse immediately," Kuiper said.
The Giants were able to pluck free-agent All-Star closer Mark Melancon away from the Nationals.
Washington manager Dusty Baker isn't happy about it.
“I hate losing Melancon, because I’m going to tell you, he was very good, but we’ve still got a chance on landing some guys," Baker said on MLB Network Radio. "“I got input but I'm not putting in money and that's what real input it is, you know what I mean?
"And so my input was such that — we all wanted Melancon, but we don't have the budget or the packed stadium for 800 games in a row like the Giants do. They have more resources than we do. We’ve got a lower budget and everybody has a budget.”
Melancon's deal includes an opt-out after the second year, similar to the one given to Johnny Cueto a year ago. Melancon will get a $20 million signing bonus with $8 million deferred. He is due $4 million in salary in 2017 and $10 million in 2018, and if he opts out, he gets that money plus the full signing bonus, turning this into a two-year, $34 million pact.
If Melancon doesn’t opt out, he will make $14 million in each of his final two seasons. He also received a full no-trade clause.
“If we would have spent that on Melancon, we wouldn't have been able to spend anything on anybody else," Baker added. "But you've got to do what you can do inside the budget. If I had real input, I would have probably spent another $200 million.”