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Tony Watson
Birthdate: 5/30/1985 (31 y, 9 m, 25 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-4/210     Position: P
Drafted: 2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 9, Pick: 4, Overall: 278, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Contract: $5.6M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Watson remains the Pirates' closer despite his recent struggles, GM Neal Huntington told SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio on Wednesday. "Watson has been one of the best performing relievers in baseball," Huntington said. "We're comfortable with him pitching in the ninth." (3/22/2017)
Profiles:  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Give him the "proven closer(TM)" label! Watson, a mainstay of the Pirates bullpen since 2011, ended 2016 by wrapping up 15 saves following the midseason trade of Mark Melancon. The lefty acquitted himself well, only blowing three saves after being moved into the 9th inning, putting up a 3.06 ERA for the season. The 3.06 mark was actually his worst in four years, highlighting how effective he has been the past few seasons. It wasn't quite all roses, as his peripheral stats took a bit of a hit in 2016, in part due to a concerning upward trend in walk rate every year since 2012. While certainly not a LOOGY, Watson does have some platoon issues (career wOBA versus righties is 30 points higher) that might give the Pirates pause in thrusting him back into the closer role in 2017 even if they don't find external help. Watson's fantasy draft value will be incumbent on whether he ties down save opportunities or not. If yes, he could be a nice value stopper late in drafts. If no, he'll likely be only on your radar screen if you play in deep NL-only leagues with holds. (Colin Zarzycki)

The Quick Opinion: In his sixth year in the Pirates' bullpen, Watson finally got a chance to be "the guy" after Mark Melancon was sent away at the deadline. He acquitted himself well, but as a lefty with solid, but unspectacular peripherals, he might fight an uphill battle to regain the same fantasy relevance in 2017, especially if he opens the door for Daniel Hudson or Juan Nicasio with any early-season struggles. 

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