MLB Rumors: Giants ‘in contact' with Angels on Will Smith, Tony Watson


The Giants bullpen is one of the few elements that can be left alone this offseason.

But that doesn't mean it will be.

Simply put, it's a strong group of pitchers, but that means they more than likely have a trade target on their backs -- which is the case for relievers Will Smith and Tony Watson. 

Back in December, Duane Kuiper spoke to KNBR to talk about pitching -- specifically Madison Bumgarner -- who has been a constant in Giants trade talks during the winter months.

But during that segment, he mentioned that Smith and Watson could be the pitchers that will be traded. And the Athletic's Andrew Baggarly reported that the Angels have been "in constant contact" with the Giants regarding the two relievers.

Kuiper was on to something.

Last season with the Giants, Watson boasted a 2.59 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 66 innings. He matched his career-high strikeout/walk ratio and had a career-best 27.6% strikeout percentage. 

That's one way to take advantage of a pitcher's park.

Smith had himself a terrific season also. The 29-year-old lefty had a 2.55 ERA with 71 K's in 53 innings. He also had received some interest from the Cardinals.

The Angels bullpen could use the lefty help from both Watson and Smith, but really, what team couldn't? 

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It appears not all of the attention is on MadBum. At least not at the moment.

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