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.
Rotowire: Dec 3 / 8:56a ET
News: The Pirates tendered Melancon a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: Melancon enters 2015 as the Pirates' closer for the first time in his three seasons with Pittsburgh. He replaced an ineffective Jason Grilli last year, first recording 14 holds as a setup man and then saving 33 games (in 37 opportunities). Melancon will likely make more than $6 million as a second-year arbitration candidate and it's doubtful the Bucs will pay much more than that for a closer in 2016 and beyond.