During the off-season we’ll be taking a closer look at some potential free agent targets for the Toronto Blue Jays. Today it’s Tony Watson.
Player: Tony Watson | Age: 32 | Position: RP | Throws: Left
2017 stats: 71 G | IP 66.2 | ERA 3.38 | FIP 4.45 | WHIP: 1.380 | K/9: 7.2
MLB Trade Rumours Signing Prediction
Two years, $12 million, Blue Jays.
Why he’s a potential fit for the Blue Jays
The Blue Jays’ bullpen skews right-handed, with Aaron Loup in line to be the primary south paw. Watson represents an instant upgrade and can likely be had on a reasonable deal.
The consistent seven-year veteran has plenty of closing experience — he collected 25 saves over the past two seasons — and could be counted on to fill in whenever Robert Osuna needs a rest. Otherwise, Watson would slide nicely into a setup role for the Blue Jays. He’s effective against right-handers and would thus provide manager John Gibbons with plenty of late-game matchup options.
In other words, Watson has potential to fill the left-handed void created by Brett Cecil, who departed Toronto following the 2016 season.
Watson spent six years with the Pirates before being traded this past July to the Dodgers and proved to be a worthy addition during the club’s post-season run. Across 11 playoff games he allowed just two runs on five hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out three.
Why he might not be a fit for the Blue Jays
While there’s a lot to like about Watson, his recent regression shouldn’t be overlooked. His combined home run rates (1.3/9) and FIP (4.41) have spiked considerably over the past two seasons compared to what they were pre-2016.
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