Pirates LHP Watson loses in arbitration, gets $5.6M

Sports Xchange

February 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm.

Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Tony Watson was unsuccessful in his salary arbitration bid and will make $5.6 million this season as opposed to $6 million.

The ruling was learned on Thursday, one day after a three-person arbitration panel heard both sides of the argument.

Watson posted a 2-5 mark with a 3.06 ERA in 70 relief appearances for Pittsburgh last season, during which he earned $3.45 million.

An All-Star in 2014, Watson has posted a 26-13 record with a 2.56 ERA in six seasons with the Pirates. He is eligible for free agency after this season.