MLBTR Arbitration projections suggest that Collmenter would be due for a $2.2 million payday. This contract is in line with that… taking into account his likely role as 5th starter, and perhaps as a long man in the bullpen whenever a AAA pitcher is brought up for an audition or spot start.
All of this taken together suggests one of two things to me:
Matt Wisler has somehow fallen completely out of favor with the Braves, or…
He will be traded at some point within the next month.
Those are the only reasonable explanations for this glaring omission. His name literally did not come up at all when reviewing either of this pair of AJC.com articles on the topic of starting pitching.
By the way: in 9 innings of Winter ball, Wisler gave up 5 hits, K’d 12, walked 1, and had an ERA of 0.00. That’s pretty good in any league.
The signing of Collmenter is interesting… and could account for one of the “3” starting pitchers projected to be acquired for the off-season (though technically not since he never left the 25-man roster), but even if so… Wisler’s still MIA (that’s Missing In Action, not anything related to the Marlins).
If Matt’s being dangled in trade talks, then Coppy is being very successful in keeping that hushed up, but it is very interesting that Wisler is being completely ignored regarding 2017 plans.