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Pittsburgh Pirates send Tony Watson to Los Angeles Dodgers, get Joaquin Benoit from Phillies

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Former Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson (44) closes out the ninth inning of the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day at PNC Park on April 7, 2017 in Pittsburgh. File photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
Former Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson (44) closes out the ninth inning of the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day at PNC Park on April 7, 2017 in Pittsburgh. File photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded former closer Tony Watson while acquiring reliever Joaquin Benoit in separate deals at Monday's trade deadline.

Pittsburgh shipped Watson to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers, infielder Oneil Cruz and right-hander Angel German.

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The Pirates then swung a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, bringing in Benoit in exchange for minor league right-hander Seth McGarry.

Watson, 32, who will become a free agent after the season, was 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA in his seventh season -- all with Pittsburgh. He blew seven of 17 save chances and lost his job as closer in mid-June.

Benoit, who turned 40 last week, appeared in 44 games with the Phillies, compiling a 4-1 record with a 4.07 ERA and a pair of saves. He is 58-47 with a 3.80 ERA in 16 seasons.

Cruz, 18, was batting .240 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 89 games with Great Lakes. German, 21, had a 1-0 mark with a 1.91 ERA and seven saves with Great Lakes of the Midwest league.

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McGarry, 23, made 31 appearances at Class A Bradenton and logged a 1-0 record with 14 saves and a 1.34 ERA.

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