Giants reportedly reach deal with lefty Watson

February 17th, 2018

The Giants have been looking to upgrade their bullpen, and it appears the club has done so.

San Francisco has reportedly agreed to terms with veteran free-agent reliever Tony Watson, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. It is believed to be a multiyear deal, per Heyman. The club has not confirmed an agreement.

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Watson, a left-hander, appeared in 71 games with the Pirates and Dodgers, who acquired him at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Overall, he had 53 strikeouts against 20 walks in 66 2/3 innings, allowing 72 hits and posting a 3.38 ERA. He made 11 postseason appearances out of the Dodgers' bullpen, including five straight in Games 2-6 of the World Series.

Watson, 32, has made 474 regular-season relief appearances during seven seasons in the Majors, primarily with the Pirates. He was an All-Star with the Bucs in 2014, and he finished that season with 78 appearances, the most in the National League. Watson has 30 career saves, all with Pittsburgh.

For his career, Watson has held left-handed batters to a .216 average and .574 OPS, compared to a .226 average and .661 OPS by right-handed batters.