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Tony Watson | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: San Francisco Giants
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 struck out two of the batters he faced in a perfect 12-pitch ninth inning to pick up a relief win on the road against the Dodgers on Friday.
Johnny Cueto was posting donuts all night, but no one was breaking through on offense. Watson owes Joe Panik a steak dinner, as the middle infielder belted a game-winning solo homer off of Kenley Jansen in the ninth to break up a scoreless tie. Hunter Strickland then came on and secured the win for his second save in as many nights. Watson is only worthy of fantasy consideration in the deepest of NL-only rotisserie leagues using true middle relievers. Mar 31 - 12:57 AM

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Tony Watson's deal with the Giants guarantees the southpaw at least $9 million.

Crasnick also notes that the contract contains escalators and incentives that could drive the value up as high as $14 million over two seasons or $21 million over three seasons. That makes a whole lot more sense than the initial report which said it would be a three-year pact for $7 million.
Feb 17 - 3:44 PM

Giants signed LHP Tony Watson to a two-year, $7 million contract.

The deal includes a player option for a third season and has incentives that could run the total higher. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had reported late Friday that the two sides had reached an agreement and it's now official. It's a terrific get for the Giants who also managed to do so while staying under the luxury tax.
Feb 17 - 12:18 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants have finalized a contract with free agent southpaw Tony Watson.

Full details of the contract have yet to be announced, but it's believed to be a multi-year deal. Heyman also notes that the Giants have reportedly found a way to ink Watson and still manage to stay under the $197-million luxury tax threshold. One of the top bullpen arms available on the market, he'll bolster the back of the Giants bullpen and could even challenge for save chances if Mark Melancon struggles.
Feb 17 - 8:29 AM

Tony Watson is drawing interest from the Giants, Phillies, and Red Sox, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier Tuesday that the Giants were in serious talks with the veteran reliever. According to Heyman, the interest in Watson extends beyond the three teams mentioned. The 32-year-old is coming off a 3.38 ERA and 53/20 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings in 2017. He'd be a fine bullpen addition just about anywhere.
Feb 13 - 2:03 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants are in "serious contract talks" with free agent reliever Tony Watson.

Watson was linked to the A's last month, but it sounds like the other Bay Area club could be swooping in. The 32-year-old southpaw is one of the better relievers remaining the market. He put up a 3.38 ERA and 53/20 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings last season between the Pirates and Dodgers.
Feb 13 - 11:21 AM

According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics have expressed interest in free agent southpaw Tony Watson.

Shea notes that with only one left-hander currently slotted into the team's bullpen, the A's are in the market for another reliever. The Athletics would be an interesting landing spot for Watson from a fantasy perspective, because it could put him in the mix for save chances with incumbent Blake Treinen. In addition to Watson, they have also reportedly spoken to Brian Duensing.
Jan 13 - 7:14 AM

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.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 01:45:00 AM

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.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 04:46:00 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.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 03:36:00 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.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 03:31:00 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.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 11:54:00 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.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 01:35:00 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.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 03:46:00 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.
Thu, Jun 8, 2017 01:43:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Buster Posey
2Nick Hundley
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Alen Hanson
3Kelby Tomlinson
4Miguel Gomez
SS1Brandon Crawford
3B1Evan Longoria
2Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hunter Pence
2Mac Williamson
3Gregor Blanco
CF1Austin Jackson
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Chris Stratton
5Ty Blach
6Derek Holland
7Andrew Suarez
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Hunter Strickland
3Tony Watson
4Cory Gearrin
5Sam Dyson
6Will Smith
7Reyes Moronta
8Pierce Johnson
9Jose Valdez
10Julian Fernandez
11Josh Osich