LHP Tony Watson traded to Giants
ANAHEIM – The Angels today acquired LHP Sam Selman, RHP Ivan Armstrong and RHP Jose Marte from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for LHP Tony Watson.
Selman, 30, pitched in seven games in relief for San Francisco this season and allowed four earned runs across 8.0 innings pitched with eight strikeouts. In 17 games (two starts) this year for Triple-A Sacramento, he was 1-0 with a 4.03 ERA (22.1 IP – 10 ER) and 24 strikeouts. Selman has appeared in 41 career Major League games across parts of three seasons with the Giants.
A native of Austin, TX, Selman was originally drafted by the Angels in the 14th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign. He attended Vanderbilt University and was a second round pick by the Royals in the 2012 Draft.
Armstrong, 21, has spent the 2021 season making 20 relief appearances for Single-A San Jose. The right-hander’s 1.88 season ERA (38.1 IP – 8 ER) ranks fifth in the Low-A West division (min. 30 IP), while also registering a 0.991 WHIP and 10.9 SO/9. Originally signed by the Giants in 2017, Armstrong has appeared in 46 career minor league games (20 starts), going 8-7 with a 3.76 ERA (129.1 IP – 54 ER).
Marte, 25, appeared in 24 games (all in relief) this season between High-A Eugene and Double-A Richmond, going 2-0 with four saves and a 3.41 ERA (29 IP – 9 ER) and 50 strikeouts. He began the year with Eugene, converting all three save opportunities and did not allow a run across 6.1 innings pitched, before joining Richmond, where he has a 2-0 record and 3.57 ERA (22.2 IP – 9 ER) in 19 appearances. In five minor league seasons, he has gone 15-22 with a 4.66 ERA (295.2 IP – 153 ER) and 304 strikeouts. A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, he was originally signed by San Francisco as an international free agent on July 2, 2015.
Watson, 36, made 36 relief appearances for the Angels this season, going 3-3 with a 4.64 ERA (33 IP – 17 ER) and 25 strikeouts. He was unscored upon in 27 of 36 outings and stranded 21 of 23 inherited runners. Watson signed with the Angels as a free agent on March 29 after attending Spring Training with the Phillies. In 11 Major League seasons, he owns a 43-28 career record, 2.90 ERA (624 IP – 201 ER), 32 saves and 551 strikeouts across 663 games with the Pirates (2011-17), Dodgers (2017), Giants (2018-20) and Angels (2021).