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Tony Watson | Relief Pitcher | #33

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 9 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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Tony Watson served up a grand slam to Arizona's Jake Lamb in the seventh inning Tuesday and he ended up being charged with three runs to take the loss.
That's not exactly what the Dodgers envisioned when acquiring Watson from the Pirates at the non-waiver trade deadline. It was his first poor outing since coming aboard, however, as he had worked two scoreless frames with two strikeouts and two holds in his first two appearances in Dodger Blue. Aug 9 - 1:45 AM

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Dodgers acquired LHP Tony Watson from the Pirates in exchange for RHP Angel German and INF Oneil Cruz.

Watson lost his closer job earlier this season in Pittsburgh, but he's been a quality reliever for years and will upgrade the Dodgers' setup situation. The left-hander is an impending free agent.
Jul 31 - 4:46 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers are closing in on a deal for Pirates reliever Tony Watson.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is done, pending medicals. This presumably means that the Dodgers were unable or unwilling to meet the lofty asking price for the likes of Zach Britton or Brad Hand. Watson won't make the impact that those guys would, but he's still capable of being a useful bridge to the ninth inning.
Jul 31 - 3:36 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to the Pirates about reliever Tony Watson.

Watson, an impending free agent, is viewed as a fallback option if the Dodgers don't land Zach Britton. The 32-year-old has compiled a 3.66 ERA and 35/14 K/BB ratio over 46 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 31 - 3:31 PM

Tony Watson struck out two batters in a clean 10th inning to earn a win versus the Brewers on Wednesday.

With closer Felipe Rivero having pitched the previous two nights, the Pirates turned to their former closer to pitch the 10th inning after they tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. Watson has been very effective of late and tonight was no exception. He punched out the hot-hitting Domingo Santana and Eric Thames. He snared the win when the Pirates walked off in the bottom of the inning. Watson owns a 3.50 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 12 walks in 43 2/3 innings. He seems to be over the gopheritis that cost him the closer's role a month ago.
Jul 19 - 11:54 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rays are also considering Pirates left-hander Tony Watson as they look around for relief help.

It sounds like the Rays are doing due diligence on long list of names in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Watson was pulled from the Pirates' closer role last month, but he owns a 0.84 ERA over his last 13 appearances. He'll be a free agent this winter.
Jul 17 - 1:35 PM

Tony Watson has been removed from the Pirates' closer role.

Manager Clint Hurdle gave Watson a vote of confidence Wednesday afternoon, but then the lefty proceeded to blow yet another save chance later that night. He'll move into a lower leverage role for now. Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio will share the closer duties for the Pirates.
Jun 9 - 3:46 PM

Tony Watson gave up two runs in the ninth inning to blow another save as his team fell in extra innings to the Orioles on Wednesday.

He allowed two inherited runners to score and then gave up two runs of his own. Watson received a vote of confidence from manager Clint Hurdle earlier in the day. He has now blown five saves in 14 chances. Watson has a 4.44 ERA with 20 strikeouts and eight walks in 26 1/3 innings. It wouldn't be surprising if Watson were given a time-out from the closer's role in Pittsburgh. Felipe Rivero is the guy to grab if he is available in your fantasy league.
Jun 8 - 1:43 AM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Tony Watson will remain the team's closer.

Watson blew his fourth save of the season on Tuesday when he gave up a two-run home run to Jonathan Schoop in the ninth inning. He is now 10-for-14 in save opportunities while pitching to a 3.91 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 19/8 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. For the time being, it looks like he will hold onto his job. Should he continue to struggle, the Pirates could potentially turn to Felipe Rivero.
Jun 7 - 4:22 PM

Tony Watson gave up a two-run homer in the ninth to blow his fourth save Tuesday against the Orioles.

The Pirates would be better off with Watson back in his old setup role, but that would probably mean promoting Felipe Rivero and potentially paying him megabucks down the road as an arbitration-eligible closer. They'd rather not go that route, but another blown save from Watson might not leave them with much choice. He's just 10-for-14 right now.
Jun 6 - 11:16 PM

Tony Watson worked a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Sunday versus the Mets.

Watson retired all three batters he faced on just 11 total pitches to ice the Pirates' 11-1 blowout victory at Citi Field. He's made two scoreless, hitless appearances since blowing his third save of the season last Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Jun 4 - 4:09 PM

Tony Watson blew a save but got a win Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Diamondbacks.

Watson gave up a game-tying two-run shot to Chris Iannetta in the top of the ninth inning, but Andrew McCutchen answered with a walkoff blast in the bottom of the ninth. Watson has now allowed nine earned runs in May and he's blown his last two save opportunities. Felipe Rivero may get a look at closer earlier than anticipated.
May 29 - 7:54 PM

Tony Watson blew his second save of the season Tuesday in Atlanta.

Ender Inciarte reached on a one-out infield single and the scored the game-tying run on a Nick Markakis double. After an intentional walk to Matt Kemp, Matt Adams slashed a walk-off RBI single. Watson has been pretty shaky so far in May, allowing seven runs over nine appearances.
May 24 - 2:05 AM

Tony Watson tallied his 10th save of the year Sunday in the Pirates' 1-0 defeat of the Phillies.

Watson picked up a strikeout in an easy 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning to keep the Bucs' combined shutout intact. The left-hander has a 2.75 ERA and 14/7 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings this season as Pittsburgh's closer.
May 21 - 6:11 PM

Tony Watson tossed a clean ninth inning to earn a save against the Phillies on Saturday.

He was protecting a three-run lead while facing the bottom of the Phillies' lineup and he set them down in order. He carries a 2.89 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. He has two wins, no losses, nine saves and one blown save.
May 20 - 7:37 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
3Kyle Farmer
1B1Cody Bellinger
2Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Chase Utley
3Charlie Culberson
4Tim Locastro
SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
LF1Curtis Granderson
2Franklin Gutierrez
3Andre Ethier
4O'Koyea Dickson
5Andrew Toles
CF1Chris Taylor
2Enrique Hernandez
3Alex Verdugo
4Trayce Thompson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Joc Pederson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Yu Darvish
3Alex Wood
4Rich Hill
5Kenta Maeda
6Hyun-Jin Ryu
7Brandon McCarthy
8Brock Stewart
9Scott Kazmir
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Pedro Baez
3Tony Watson
4Brandon Morrow
5Luis Avilan
6Grant Dayton
7Tony Cingrani
8Ross Stripling
9Josh Fields
10Edward Paredes
11Josh Ravin
12Walker Buehler
13Adam Liberatore
14Yimi Garcia