Mark Melancon, right, holding his son, with Chicago Cub Anthony Rizzo during the Home Run Derby at the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park. Photo credit: Arturo Pardavila III, via Wikimedia Commons

The San Diego Padres have signed right-handed reliever Mark Melancon to a one-year contract, The Athletic reported Friday via Twitter.

An Atlanta Brave last season, Melancon posted a 2.78 ERA, slightly better than his overall mark of 2.85. He has saved 205 games for his career.

He was honored as the National League’s Reliever of the Year in 2015 when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and appeared in three All-Star Games, including the 2016 contest in San Diego. He’s played for six teams, including the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals.

With the loss of closer Kirby Yates to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Padres needed to make a move to bolster their bullpen.

Melancon adds to their strength of their pitching staff, something they addressed this off-season with the additions of Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove and Blake Snell.

Their efforts to vault to the top of the NL West has not gone unnoticed – many observers say they’re now in position to unseat the Los Angeles Dodgers from their long reign atop the division.

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