Report: Nationals interested in Giants closer

As the old saying goes, if you love someone, let him go, and if he returns, he was always yours.

That’s apparently been the Washington Nationals’ approach toward closer Mark Melancon, currently the San Francisco Giants’ bullpen ace.

The Nats traded for Melancon in July of last season. He then signed a 4-year, $62 million deal to join the Giants this offseason.

Now, with no anchor at the back of their bullpen, Washington — one of the best teams in the National League — is testing the trade market after using five different pitchers in save situations this season to varying results.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Melancon is one of several closers on the Nationals’ radar in a potential trade scenario. That, of course, doesn’t mean the Giants are inclined to deal their prized acquisition.

So, maybe it’s more of a “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” situation for Washington.

Heyman wrote that the Nationals “haven’t found anyone who’s immediately available.”

The Giants’ recent win streak could have a chilling effect on most early-season trade talks as the team is built to win now.

Some other options of good closers on struggling teams that the veteran reporter identified were David Robertson (Chicago White Sox), Roberto Osuna (Toronto Blue Jays), Kelvin Herrera (Kansas City Royals), Alex Colome (Tampa Bay Rays) and A.J. Ramos (Miami Marlins).

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

SF supervisor pushes for a reparations plan for black residents

Supervisor Shamann Walton announced Friday he wants The City to come up… Continue reading

1 killed, another injured in avalanche near Lake Tahoe, officials say

One person was killed and another was seriously injured when an avalanche… Continue reading

SF Pride membership votes to ban Google from parade. Will the board listen?

San Francisco Pride’s membership voted Wednesday night to kick Google out of… Continue reading

SF Zoo Koala naming contest to raise money for Australian wildlife

A naming contest for a koala at the San Francisco Zoo aims… Continue reading

Helgi Tomasson kicks off 35th season with SF Ballet

Veterans Tan, Luiz sizzle in show of new, classic dances

Most Read