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FEB 17, 5:30p ET | Stan McNeal
Rotowire: Jan 16 / 2:20p ET
News: Watson agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Tom Singer of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Watson seamlessly transitioned into the eighth-inning role after Mark Melancon took over as the Pirates' closer for good in June, finishing with a 1.63 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 34 holds, second most in all of baseball. He'll receive a nice raise in salary in his first year of arbitration, and will likely be among the first five setup men off the board in deeper mixed drafts this spring.
Rotowire: Dec 3 / 9:36a ET
News: Watson was tendered a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.
Impact: The southpaw exceeded expectations early on in 2014, but cooled off a bit in the second half, perhaps because of over-usage in a faltering bullpen. Watson picked up 10 relief wins, compiling a 1.63 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 77.1 innings. He could slide into the closer role in 2015 if Mark Melancon gets hurt, though the team likes him as its primary setup man.