Gi­ants make Mark rich­est closer

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

The San Fran­cisco Gi­ants landed the top-tier closer they have been seek­ing for months, agree­ing to a four-year, $62 mil­lion con­tract with righthander Mark Me­lan­con on Mon­day.

It’s the rich­est con­tract ever for a closer, top­ping Jonathan Papel­bon’s four-year, $50 mil­lion deal with the Philadel­phia Phillies from 2012-15 and Mar­i­ano Rivera’s one-year salary of $15 mil­lion from the New York Yan­kees in 2012.

Once he passes a phys­i­cal, the 29-year-old Me­lan­con will re­ceive a $20 mil­lion sign­ing bonus, of which $8 mil­lion is de­ferred.

He will then earn salaries of $4 mil­lion for 2017, $10 mil­lion in 2018 and $14 mil­lion in each of the 2019 and 2020 sea­sons.

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