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Rotowire: Mar 20 / 6:37a ET
News: Melancon, who has allowed a pair of runs in four spring innings, enters 2015 with a secured closer's spot for the Pirates.
Impact: About the only thing that can slow Melancon down is a rising salary -- he'll make $5.4 million this season. Traditionally, Pittsburgh doesn't spend large sums on relievers, so there's the slightest of chances the team trades him. Otherwise, Melancon offers impeccable credentials -- 1.90 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 71:11 K:BB ratio -- and is set for another season of 30-plus saves.
Rotowire: Jan 16 / 2:55p ET
News: Melancon agreed to a one-year, $5.4 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Melancon's salary will more than double (from $2.6 million) in his second year of arbitration, following another outstanding season at the back of the Pirates' bullpen. The right-hander turned in a 1.90 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 33 saves and 14 holds (four blown saves) in 71.0 innings in 2014. Pittsburgh will face a tough decision next winter in Melancon's third year of arbitration, but for now, he's firmly locked in as the closer.