John Farrell

Winter meetings heat up: Melancon to Giants, Hill to Dodgers

Albeit too late to save them this year, the San Francisco Giants got their closer.

All-Star righty Mark Melancon and the Giants reached agreement on a $62 million, four-year contract Monday. As baseball's winter meetings heated up, lefty Rich Hill re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $48 million over three years.

Chris Sale was still with the White Sox, for now. But the Washington Nationals were trying to put together a deal for the lefty ace.

Nothing yet on the other top trade targets — Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and possibly two Detroit fixtures, slugger Miguel Cabrera and pitcher Justin Verlander.

A couple smaller deals also developed as...