The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $2.595 M contract with reliever Mark Melancon according to Joel Sherman. He was projected to make $3 M for the 2014 season. That leaves the team with three players left to sign before the deadline or they will have to exchange arbitration figures with them. Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez and Vin Mazzaro remain unsigned at this moment.
Melancon went 1-2, 1.39 in 72 games for the Pirates in 2013. He pitched 71 innings, had 70 strikeouts, an 0.96 WHIP and saved 16 games. He was voted to the NL All-Star team.
Earlier in the day, the Pirates avoided arbitration with Gaby Sanchez for $2.3 M and yesterday they signed Travis Snider to a $1.2 M deal....
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.