Apr 11, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson (44) pitches in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Trade with the selling Pittsburgh Pirates for Tony Watson

Call it a pipe-dream, but when the Pittsburgh Pirates decided to start shopping perennial All-Star Andrew McCutchen, everybody became for sale.

Tony Watson is not only an elite lefty, but one of the game’s most reliably great bullpen arms in general. In both 2014 and ’15, he had sub-2.00 ERAs, subsequently taking over the closer job for the Bucs after Melancon was traded to the Washington Nationals – accumulating 15 saves in the process.

That ninth inning experience would help him fit right into a late game role in Queens, while simultaneously being a lefty specialist – he allowed a .211 average with no home runs in 77 plate appearances against lefties last season.

The only thing that stands in the way of a possible deal is the Pirates typically high asking price for players, as teams were scared away from McCutchen after hearing what GM Neal Huntington wanted in return for him.


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Chris recently graduated with a Journalism degree from Montclair State University. Baseball is his love and he hopes to bring back some of the old-school popularity to the game. Chris Thompson covers the NY Jets and NY Mets for Elite Sports NY. You can interact with him on Twitter @Time2Topher.