The Giants have placed left-handed pitcher Tony Watson on the 60-day injured list and have promoted right-hander Enderson Franco in his place. Watson suffered a small fracture in his left wrist in early September.
With Watson’s season effectively over, he may well have played his last game in a Giants uniform. He holds a $2.5MM player option that comes with a $500K buyout. It seems that the likeliest course of action for the 34-year-old southpaw will be to opt for the buyout and test the free agent waters. While 2019 was the worst season of his career, he is still the owner of an impressive track record and there should be ample demand for veteran lefties, making it a decent bet that he’ll be able to eclipse the value of his player option.
He finishes the season with a 4.33 ERA in 54 innings of work. His strikeout numbers were the lowest they’ve been since 2013; that, coupled with a heightened susceptibility to the home run (he conceded 1.5 HR per nine innings), contributed to a 4.81 FIP. For his career, his ERA sits at a solid 2.83 in 573 Major League innings.
Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Franco will join the big league team in line to make his Major League debut. He’s been toiling away in the minor leagues since 2010, when he was signed as a 17-year-old international amateur. After brief stints at Triple-A in the previous two seasons, he got his first extended look at the level this year. His numbers haven’t been overly impressive, but evidently it’s enough to earn him a crack at the next level. In 113 innings at Triple-A, he owns a 5.97 ERA while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings.