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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 12: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Oracle Park on May 12, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 12: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Oracle Park on May 12, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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BALTIMORE, MD – JUNE 02: Tony Watson #56 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the eighth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 2, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

Tony Watson

Another southpaw for the Mets to consider, veteran lefty Tony Watson is having a good year with the Giants. Heck, he has a good year every season.

Watson’s track record is quite amazing. His career-worst 3.95 ERA came as a rookie with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. In the years that have followed, he has never finished a season with an ERA above 3.38. Capable of easily going 70 games a season, he’s a workhorse many teams will seek at this year’s trade deadline. I’m here to announce the Mets should be one of them.

Along with skill, Watson’s contract is a favorable one. He takes home $3.5 million this year and has an option for 2020 worth only $2.5 million. You can’t argue prices like these—even if your last name begins with a W and ends in “ilpon.”

Throughout his career, Watson has been a guy who avoids walking batters. His strikeout numbers aren’t incredible but he finds ways to get outs.

Back in 2017, Watson had a nice run with the Los Angeles Dodgers out of the bullpen. He pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in the NLCS. In the World Series, he didn’t allow any earned runs in his 3.2 frames. Watson came through huge for the Dodgers with a pair of victories in the World Series.

At 34-years-old, there should be a little concern Watson is about to hit a wall in his career. For a run in 2019 and possibly 2020, I expect he can still pitch well and help a team like the Mets go far into the postseason. It’s a no-brainer to call up San Francisco and inquire about his services.

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