The Dodgers announced that they received left-handed reliever Tony Watson from Pittsburgh Pirates for two minor leaguers, infielder Oneil Cruz and right-handed pitcher Angel German, both of them play for the Class-A Great Lakes Loons.
Watson has pitched in 47 games, throwing 46⅔ innings with 35 strikeouts and 14 walks. His 3.66 ERA is the highest since his rookie season in 2011 with a corresponding 4.69 FIP. He also has given up seven home runs thus far.
As for his splits, in 2017, they are pretty equal with one exception, left-handed batters have a hit .308/.357/.354 versus right-handed batters hitting .303/.360/.525 with that due to all seven home runs against Watson have been hit by right-handed batters.
Watson has not been used as a left-handed specialist as right-handed batters have faced him twice as much as left-handed batters.
Watson signed a one-year contract for $5.6M and he will be a free agent at the end of this season.
To add Watson to the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated outfielder Peter O’Brien, currently playing for the Tulsa Drillers, for assignment.