RP - SF
Free agent LHP Tony Watson has agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
The 35-year-old southpaw was released by the Phillies just a few days ago but didn't take long to find another job. He put together a solid 2020 in San Francisco with a 2.50 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over 18 innings. He should work higher-leverage situations whenever Joe Maddon wants a lefty.
The Phillies have released reliever Tony Watson. He was in camp on a minor league deal but didn't pitch well enough to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster.
The former All-Star owns an impressive 2.80 ERA over 627 career outings and has long been a reliable option out of the bullpen. However, he struggled in limited camp action, allowing four earned runs over five innings. Nevertheless, he should command interest in the open market.
The Phillies have signed veteran reliever Tony Watson to a minor league deal. The southpaw will report to Spring Training and compete for a spot in the big-league bullpen.
Watson, 35, is a former ninth-round pick with 10 years of MLB experience. The former All-Star spent the past three seasons with San Francisco, owning a 3.20 ERA in 153 outings. In 2020 alone, he had a 2.50 ERA in 21 games, allowing just five earned runs over 18 innings. He clearly has the stat line to crack an MLB roster, so this could prove to be a very valuable signing for Philadelphia.
Tony Watson worked a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday and was able to pick up the save for the Giants as they held on to beat the D-backs 4-3.
This was a bullpen game for San Francisco as they employed seven pitchers after starter Trevor Cahill was yanked after 2.2 innings. Watson was tasked with protecting a one run lead in the top of the ninth inning and recorded two groundouts and a line out to lock up his first save of 2020. The left-hander has been excellent out of the pen this year with a 0.75 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and a 9:2 K/BB ratio over 12 innings. There isn't a lot of volume here, though, and the fact this was his first save of the year shows his lack of value in standard mixed leagues. However, he does have six holds, and has some value in leagues that count that statistic.
Tony Watson relieved starter Johnny Cueto in the top of the seventh inning and recorded one out, which was enough to secure the win as the pitcher of record in the Giants 4-1 win over the D-backs on Sunday.
Watson entered the game with two outs and a runner on first and only threw four pitches before Jake Lamb was picked off to end the inning. The Giants retook the lead in the following frame, which gave the lefty his first win of the year. Watson owns a stellar 0.82 ERA, 0.727 WHIP, and a 9:2 K/BB ratio over 11 innings of relief. He retains some value in holds leagues but simply isn't used enough to be employed in standard mixed leagues, despite the sterling numbers.