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Pirates send lefty reliever Tony Watson to Dodgers

Tony Watson #44 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches

Tony Watson #44 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the eighth inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on June 29, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Justin K. Aller

PITTSBURGH — The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers picked up some bullpen help at the trade deadline, acquiring former Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star reliever Tony Watson.

The 32-year-old lefty is 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA in 47 games for the Pirates this season. Watson also has 10 saves after beginning the season as Pittsburgh’s closer but was removed in favor of Felipe Rivero after blowing consecutive save opportunities in Baltimore in June.

Watson was an All-Star in 2014 while serving as a setup man for Mark Melancon. Watson, who will become a free agent in December, is also highly durable. He’s made 450 appearances since making his major league debut in 2011.

The Pirates received minor league infielder Oneil Cruz and minor league righty Angel German for Watson in Monday’s trade.

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