Dodgers acquire reliever Tony Watson from Pirates

The Dodgers acquired left-handed reliever Tony Watson from the Pirates ahead of Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the team announced.

Watson, 32, is 5-3 with 10 saves and a 3.66 ERA this season. He had 15 saves with a 3.06 ERA last season.

With Kenley Jansen manning the closer’s role, Watson will pitch in the seventh and eighth innings in Los Angeles and can spell Jansen if needed.

Los Angeles sent right-handed pitcher Angel German and infielder Oneil Cruz to Pittsburgh for Watson.
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German, 21, went 1-0 with seven saves and posted a 1.91 ERA in 21 relief appearances with Single-A Great Lakes this season.

In 89 games with Single-A Great Lakes this year, Cruz, 18, hit .240 with eight home runs, 36 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
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People who have followed the offseason for the past few years may be familiar with Kim. Back in winter 2014, Kim made a push to come to the big leagues. The Padres won the bidding, but they failed to reach to an agreement. Thames said Kim is worth of another look by MLB clubs.

(Kim) could do well, Thames said. Hard-throwing lefties are always a premium in the big leagues.

Kim does profile has a power pitcher in the KBO 鈥?for the league, he has an above-average fastball and a swing-and-miss slider. However, the heater grades out as average in MLB, but scouts feel that his breaking ball will work well against MLB hitters. The popular belief is that, in MLB, Kim would be better served as a reliever with his two-pitch combo. A more detailed writeup on Kim from the Beyond the Box Score can be found here.

If Kim does come stateside, it won’t be anytime soon. In this past offseason, he re-signed with the SK Wyverns for four years and immediately underwent Tommy John surgery. He is set to be back for the 2018 season but will remain in Korea for at least three more seasons. When his contract is over, Kim will be 32 years old. Given on his injury history, command issues and age, it is less likely that he will be a target for MLB clubs by then.

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