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Padres adding closers Keone Kela, Mark Melancon

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The bullpen just keeps growing.

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In the past three days, the Padres have added a pair of closers in former Pirates Keone Kela and Mark Melancon. Melancon was signed this past Saturday and the deal with Kela was finalized this morning, according to both MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and The Athletic’s Dennis Lin.

The 35-year old Melancon comes to the Padres after spending the last two seasons with the Braves. In 46 games with Atlanta, Melancon finished with a 3-1 record, including 22 saves, 38 strikeouts, and an ERA of 3.30.

Kela joins San Diego following the previous four seasons as a member of the Pirates organization. He appeared in just three games for Pittsburgh in 2020, finishing with a 4.50 ERA and three strikeouts in only a combined two innings of work. Kela did miss the final month of the 2020 season with forearm soreness and there’s isn’t a ton of clarity on whether or not he’s completely healthy at this point. The 27-year old only has 31 23 innings worth of work over the past two seasons with the Pirates.