San Francisco Giants Sign Tony Watson

The Giants gave lefty short-man Tony Watson two years for at least $8 million but with a player option that could (probably will) bring the deal to three years and $10M.  It’s merely one more indication the Giants are all in for 2018.

Watson is 33 in 2018, and he seems clearly on the down-phase of his career.  He peaked in 2014 and 2015 at the ages of 29 and 30, and his 3.38 ERA in 2017 split between the Pirates and the Dodgers wasn’t particularly impressive.

What Watson has going for him is that he’s veteran pitcher who can pitch.  He can close out games for you if your main closer gets hurt or is ineffective.  The odds that he’ll help the Giants in 2018, if he stays healthy, are good, but 2019 and 2020 are far more uncertain.

If all the oldsters can stay healthy, and that’s a big, big if, the Giants should be a lot better in 2018 than they were in 2017, but that’s no guarantee of the play-offs.

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