The Pittsburgh Pirates and closer Tony Watson had a hearing on Wednesday in front of a three member panel of arbitrators to decide his 2017 salary. Watson was asking for $6 M for this season, while the Pirates offered him $5.6 M. According to Jon Heyman, the Pirates won their case. The Pirates are one of numerous file-and-trial teams, which means they stop negotiating once the player has filed for arbitration. They settled with the other five arbitration-eligible players before the deadline to file on January 13th, leaving Watson as the lone player to go to a hearing for the Pirates.
In his last year before free agency, Watson was looking for a substantial raise over the $3.45 M he made last year in a down season. Taking over the closer role after Mark Melancon was dealt at the trade de...
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