The Giants are turning into a sort of Pirates West, in that they
probably won’t be participating in the 2018 postseason signed free-agent left-handed relief pitcher Tony Watson, Jon Heyman and Robert Murray report at FanRag Sports.
Watson joins fellow former Pirates Andrew McCutchen, Mark Melancon and Gorkys Hernandez in San Francisco. Also, Giants reliever Hunter Strickland spent parts of three seasons in the Pirates minor-league system, and, hey, look where Chase d’Arnaud ended up.
Some may also be aware that San Francisco’s ballpark is next to a body of water, and I’m told the city is known for its bridges.
Watson was one of the top lefty relievers in a slow market. The Pirates traded him to the Dodgers for infielder Oneil Cruz and pitcher Angel German last July. Watson posted a 2.70 ERA in 20 regular-season innings for the Dodgers and made 11 appearances in the postseason, including five in the World Series.