Tony Watson
RP FA
5 months ago

Watson fired a clean inning with two strikeouts in Friday's 1-0 win over the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

Watson has turned things around following his three-run implosion Aug. 8, posting a 2.25 ERA with three holds over his last 10 appearances. The 32-year-old will continue to be used in the later innings as one of the Dodgers' top left-handed options out of the 'pen.

Tony Watson
RP FA
5 months ago

Watson (5-4) was charged with a blown save after giving up three runs on two hits and two walks in the eighth inning against Arizona on Tuesday. He recorded two outs.

EDGE Analysis

After entering with one on and one out, Watson proceeded to load up the bases and then serve up a table-turning grand slam to Jake Lamb. The rough outing pushed his season ERA up to a troubling 4.01 and his WHIP to a horrendous 1.54, and he now has as many blown saves (eight) as holds on the season. While the lefty did record holds in his first two appearances for Los Angeles, he's been far too uneven for fantasy owners to trust him even in leagues that count that category.

Tony Watson
RP FA
6 months ago

The Pirates have agreed to trade Watson to the Dodgers, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watson, who compiled a 3.66 ERA in 46.2 innings with the Pirates before being traded, will give the Dodgers a much needed left-handed option out of the bullpen. He also has the ability to give Kenley Jansen an occasional rest at the end of games -- as he collected 10 saves earlier in the season before losing his closing job to Felipe Rivero -- though he'll primarily work in a setup role.

Tony Watson
RP FA
6 months ago

Watson (5-3) gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the seventh inning against the Giants on Wednesday, sending him to the loss column.

EDGE Analysis

After starter Trevor Williams battled San Francisco's Jeff Samardzija to a draw over six innings, Watson came in and promptly ruined things. He just posted an identical stat line (except for the decision) against the Giants on Monday, and these two games have interrupted the momentum he'd been building by allowing just one run over his prior 12.2 innings. At this point, it doesn't look like there's any chance he'll win his old closing gig back from Felipe Rivero.

Tony Watson
RP FA
6 months ago

Watson retired only one batter while allowing one hit and two walks Tuesday in Philadelphia.

EDGE Analysis

He suffered a cut on the back of his left thumb but continued to pitch through the injury. After a promising relief outing June 29, Watson has fallen back into a season-long trend of inconsistency. With a 3.99 ERA and 1.59 WHIP, the lefty is unlikely to move back into the closer's role anytime soon. He remains a trade deadline candidate, though his value has declined in 2017.

Tony Watson
RP FA
7 months ago

Watson retired both batters he faced Thursday, striking out Corey Dickerson while inducing an Evan Longoria pop-up.

EDGE Analysis

The righty stranded both of Jameson Taillon's runners, retiring both hitters on only four pitches. Watson, who's averaged 92.9 mph with his fastball in 2017, hit 95 mph twice -- a positive development for the deposed closer. It wouldn't be surprising to see Pittsburgh afford him the occasional save opportunity if he continues to show improvement, especially on days when Felipe Rivero is unavailable. Juan Nicasio remains the current backup closer option for Rivero, but it's possible that Nicasio and/or Watson are traded at the deadline.

Tony Watson
RP FA
7 months ago

Manager Clint Hurdle said he considered using Watson in the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday's win with the Pirates leading 3-0 over the Marlins, Root Sports in Pittsburgh reports.

EDGE Analysis

Speaking in his post-game media conference, Hurdle said he picked Daniel Hudson over Watson because "he's been rolling." Hudson has been throwing better, but he yielded a solo homer to Ichiro Suzuki on Sunday. Although Watson pitched in a mop-up role Friday, there's reason to believe he'll be back in high-leverage situations in the not-too-distant future. It's not out of the question he could even pick up the odd save in games where Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio are used earlier or unavailable.

Tony Watson
RP FA
7 months ago

Watson retired Florida in order Friday in his first appearance since being removed from the closer's role.

EDGE Analysis

The clean inning was just his fifth in 25 outings. Watson actually appeared in the ninth inning Friday, but it was with the Marlins sporting a seven-run lead. Pittsburgh will likely continue to run the lefty out in low leverage situations in an effort to rebuild the impending free agent's trade value.

Tony Watson
RP FA
7 months ago

Watson is no longer the closer for the Pirates, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander blew his second consecutive save Wednesday night, leading the Pirates to finally pull the plug on him as their closer. Watson will move into lower-leverage situations, where he'll work to regain the form that produced sub-3.00 ERA's from 2013 through 2015. For the time being, Juan Nicasio and Felipe Rivero will share ninth inning duties, but Watson could climb back into contention if he shows drastic improvement in his new role.

Tony Watson
RP FA
7 months ago

The Pirates will discuss whether Watson will remain closer, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Right on cue after manager Clint Hurdle gave him a vote of confidence, Watson blew his fifth save of the season Wednesday, failing for the second straight day. The southpaw owns a 4.44 ERA with only 20 strikeouts and eight walks in 26.1 innings. Fantasy owners should already have or try to acquire Felipe Rivero, the best replacement option, wherever possible, though Juan Nicasio and Daniel Hudson remain remote possibilities should the gig become available. Of course, if the Pirates wind up selling valuable assets like Rivero near the trade deadline, this could wind up a fluid, painful fantasy situation.