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Tony Watson | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 9 (0) / PIT
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Tony Watson lost his arbitration case against the Pirates and will make $5.6 million in 2017.
The left-hander requested a $6 million salary when arbitration figures were exchanged in early January. Watson could open the 2017 season as the Pirates' closer, but he has a challenger in right-hander Daniel Hudson. Feb 16 - 11:20 AM

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Tony Watson had his salary arbitration hearing in Florida on Wednesday.

Watson requested $6 million and was offered $5.6 million by the Pirates when figures were exchanged last month. Now a three-person arbitration panel will decide which salary the left-handed reliever is going to earn in 2017. That decision should be coming sometime Thursday.
Feb 16 - 8:27 AM

Tony Watson requested $6 million and was offered $5.6 million by the Pirates when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Watson ascended to the closer's role in the Pirates' bullpen in 2016 after Mark Melancon was dealt to the Nationals, and he stumbled a bit with three blown saves in 18 chances. He's projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $5.9 million in arbitration, which is a bit closer to Watson's figure than the team's.
Jan 13 - 9:47 PM

Tony Watson struck out two in a perfect inning of work against the Brewers on Tuesday to earn his 14th save.

Watson has been a little shaky in September, but the lefty had no trouble with the bottom third of the Brewers' order. He's now got 14 saves in 19 chances on the year to go with a 3.20 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:04:00 AM

Tony Watson struck out two in a scoreless frame to record his 12th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

Watson has been shaky of late but disposed of the Phillies with ease after the Pirates took the lead in the top of the ninth. The left-hander has recorded 12 saves in 15 chances since the trade of Mark Melancon.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:51:00 PM

Tony Watson earned his 11th save of the season on Wednesday night against the Cardinals.

Watson blew a save in brutal fashion on Tuesday, surrendering four runs on three homers in a loss to St. Louis, but he bounced back with an easy 1-2-3 inning on Wednesday. The left-hander should have a firm grip on the Bucs' closer role for the stretch run.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 10:28:00 PM

Tony Watson blew a save chance in epic fashion Tuesday, surrendering four runs on three home runs in a loss to the Cardinals.

The Pirates looked poised to end their seven-game losing streak, as Watson retired the first two batters he saw in the ninth. However, he then served up a game-tying home run to Matt Carpenter on an 0-2 pitch and then put himself in line for a loss when Randal Grichuk and Jhonny Peralta took him deep. Watson has blown each of his last two save chances, but his job should still be safe for now.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Tony Watson notched his 10th save Sunday in the Pirates' 3-1 defeat of the Brewers.

That concluded a big four-game sweep for the Bucs, who are very much alive in the National League Wild Card race despite selling off veteran closer Mark Melancon (and starter Francisco Liriano) at the August 1 trade deadline. Watson has converted 10 straight saves this month since Melancon's departure. The lefty has a 2.57 ERA for the year.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 04:56:00 PM

Tony Watson served up a solo homer but hung on to record the save in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

Jabari Blash launched one over the left-field wall to lead off the ninth against Watson, but the southpaw then retired three straight to preserve the victory. Watson has been scored upon in two out of his last three appearances.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 12:05:00 AM

Tony Watson pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Reds on Saturday to earn his second save of the season.

Watson notched a strikeout without allowing a baserunner to lock down the save. It was a nice rebound after he blew a save chance his last time out. Watson owns a 2.66 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 47 1/3 innings overall this year, and he should be a solid source of saves for a competitive Pirates team down the stretch.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 10:34:00 PM

Tony Watson notched his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Entering to protect a two-run lead, Watson walked the first batter but didn't allow anyone to get to second base. Worth noting is that Neftali Feliz, who some felt could at least share closing duties with Watson, had a rough appearance Tuesday. The left-hander should be fine in the closer role.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 11:19:00 PM

Tony Watson is expected to serve as the Pirates' closer in the wake of Saturday's trade sending Mark Melancon to the Nationals.

Watson has been nothing short of exceptional over six seasons in the Pirates bullpen, compiling a 2.48 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 8.1 K/9. He has five career saves under his belt already and should pile them up in a hurry over the final few months of the season. Should he falter, Neftali Feliz has prior closing experience and could be considered for the ninth-inning gig.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 04:14:00 PM

Pirates re-instated LHP Tony Watson from the paternity leave list.

Watson welcomed a new son, Theodore, to the world this week. The 30-year-old reliever has been one of the steadiest middle relievers in the game in recent years. He owns a 2.18 ERA in 20 appearances.
Sat, May 28, 2016 05:47:00 PM

Pirates placed LHP Tony Watson on the paternity leave list.

Watson will be excused for the next 3-5 days to welcome a new child. The left-handed reliever owns a 2.18 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 20 2/3 innings this season.
Wed, May 25, 2016 02:19:00 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated that he will not use Tony Watson prior to the seventh inning.

Hurdle is keen on having a number of options to bridge the path to Mark Melancon in the ninth inning. Watson is one of those options. Arquimedes Caminero is also in the mix to set-up. From the way Hurdle is framing it, at least in the early going, he will be using his arms in situational fashion, rather than cementing in roles. Last season, Watson held a 1.91 ERA and 62/17 K/BB ratio across 75 1/3 innings.
Wed, Apr 6, 2016 05:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
3Jose Osuna
4Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Phil Gosselin
4Chris Bostick
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
CF1Starling Marte
2Eury Perez
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Tyler Glasnow
5Chad Kuhl
6Steven Brault
7Drew Hutchison
8Clay Holmes
9Josh Lindblom
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Trevor Williams
8A.J. Schugel
9Wade LeBlanc
10Dovydas Neverauskas
11Pat Light
12Dan Runzler
13Tyler Webb