Now it’s almost certain that Tony Watson’s days in a Pirates uniform are numbered.
Considering he’s a free agent after the season and with the fact that the 32-year old has pitched a bunch of innings the last few years (3rd most appearances in the majors since 2014) its highly unlikely the Pirates would pony up what Watson will be looking for come December.
Now the nail in the coffin came today with a report by Jon Heyman from FanRag Sports.
Inside the NL: how does stanton deal impact marlins sale? notes on all (shelby, swanson, happ, bryce/LA, cole, etc) https://t.co/fjG31tv9tX
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 19, 2017
Heyman reports that Watson has changed agents and has hired super agent Scott Boras.
This news means that Neal Huntington will certainly be looking to cash in on Watson, who should be a valuable trading chip to a contender looking for a reliable left-handed pitcher.
Once this happens, the Pirates will almost certainly turn to Felipe Rivero as their new closer.
The other client of Boras that could also be shopped over the next couple of months is Gerrit Cole, who has certainly priced himself out of Pittsburgh.