Jon Heyman is reporting that Pirates closer Tony Watson has hired
Lucifer Gordon Gekko Scott Boras as his agent. Watson currently sports a 1.62 ERA, with eight saves in nine chances. Even the one blown save wasn’t his fault.
This news probably has no implications for the Pirates. Watson will be a free agent after the season and there’s no chance he’ll return to Pittsburgh. He may not even make it to the end of the season, especially not with the way things are going. The one factor that could prevent him from departing in a deadline deal, along with the outside possibility of the Pirates being in contention, would be him simply not being a very valuable trade chip. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer GMs around who go all bug-eyed over saaaaavzzz. Most of today’s GMs are more likely to check out the declining velocity (probably about 2.5 to 3 mph since 2014) and K rate, the xFIP of 4.70 and the unlikely strand rate this year of 99.2%.
Heyman also notes that one scout describes Felipe Rivero as a “beast” and that the Pirates see him as their future closer. I haven’t specifically seen anything else to that effect, but it’s a pretty inescapable conclusion. Mark Melancon hasn’t quite gone the same route that Joel Hanrahan did with Boston, and I certainly don’t wish that on him, but the Melancon trade is looking strikingly similar to the Hanrahan trade in some respects.