Is Mark Melancon a good fit for Houston?
For a team that has said from the end of their playoff run that they need a big-time closer, the Houston Astros are moving at what feels like a snails pace.
The names of virtually every good closer were thrown around, with trading for Craig Kimbrel being at the top of the list. However Kimbrel was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox. The Milwaukee Brewers and the Detroit Tigers struck a deal that sent Francisco Rodriguez to the motor city, while the Astros are seemingly still kicking the tires. For a team that just over a week ago was said to be “hell-bent” on finding a closer, they don’t seem to have made much progress.
While there are many closers on the trade and free agent markets, the Astros best bet all-around seems to be Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mark Melancon. He’s a two-time All-Star who led the National League in saves in 2015 and took home the Trevor Hoffman Award for being the best NL reliever of the year. Melancon might just be the Astros’ best option in both price and talent in getting a quality closer for 2016.