Free Agency Rankings – Relief Pitcher

  1. Aroldis Chapman
  2. Kenley Jansen
  3. Mark Melancon
  4. Greg Holland

Chapman looked like he was mortal during the World Series. But he did throw over 100 pitches in a four day span. He was bound to mess up at some point. Regardless he’s the hardest throwing reliever the league has ever seen and that’s worth something to someone. With a 1.55 ERA and 36 saves on the year Chapman is still at the top of the relievers. Partly because hitting a 103 MPH fastball is damn near impossible and then he can drop his slider in that’s just as nasty as the fastball.

Kenley Jansen is second this list as he is also highly sought after. He posted a career high in saves this year wth 47 and kept his ERA under 2.00 for the second time of his career. He showed his ability to pitch in tough games as he extended himself when it was needed during the playoffs. Jansen also offers an above average fastball with an above average cutter that can make hitters look absolutely silly.

Mark Melancon was traded to the Nationals at the deadline and was potentially the best closer in the game behind maybe Zach Britton. HE saved 47 games and had an ERA of 1.66. After leading the league the year before with the Pirates, Melancon has solidified himself as on the games best closers and will earn himself a long term deal worthy of his abilities.

Greg Holland is on this list because of how dominant he was with the Royals in 2013 and 2014. After being injury stricken if Holland can come back and pitch anywhere near the same as he did in those two years, he’s worth the contract as a backend relief pitcher, if not the closer spot.


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