Tony Watson loses in arbitration, gets $5.6 million

Elite Mens Rocky Bleier Jersey Reliever Tony Watson lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in salary arbitration and will make $5.6 million this year rather than $6 million.

Arbitrators Gil Vernon, Jeanne Wood and Steven Wolf made their decision Thursday, a day after hearing arguments.

Watson, 31, had a 3.06 ERA and 2-5 record in 70 relief appearances for the Pirates last year. The left-hander earned $3.45 million.

He was an All-Star in 2014, when he was 10-2 with a 1.63 ERA. He had a 1.91 ERA in 2015.

Watson is eligible for free agency after this season.

Pirates reliever Tony Watson will make $5.6 million in 2017 after an arbitration ruling.

Teams have won seven of 13 arbitration cases and the sides are on track for 15 hearings, the most since teams won 10 of 16 decisions in 1994.

Game Youth Vance McDonald Jersey Two relievers are scheduled for hearings this week: the New York Yankees’ Dellin Betances and Brad Brach of the Baltimore Orioles.

Maybe this is finally the year for the Indians. The list of teams to lose the World Series only to win the next season is short. It’s happened just once in the wild-card era, when the Royals did it in 2015.

Cy Young contender Corey Kluber still is there, coming off that dominant October run — at least until Game 7 — and as good as he is, the star of this team now is the brilliant young shortstop Francisco Lindor. You know former Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel will land on the Hall of Fame ballot next winter, and he’s a strong candidate to eventually get elected. No offense to a great player, but Lindor is better — already a Gold Glove winner at 22, a .300 hitter in each of his first two seasons in the majors and a standout performer in his first postseason. It’s a team with talent and depth. How about a Game 7 victory in the World Series … in extra innings, of course.

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