In a very surprising move, the Rays have designated former Brave Matt Wisler for assignment:
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) September 5, 2022
If you recall, Matt Wisler was one of the big pieces coming back to Atlanta in return for Craig Kimbrel back in 2015 as Atlanta started their rebuild. After not really working out as a starter for the Braves, Wisler had really come into his own as a relief arm. In 2020 for the Twins, Wisler posted a 1.07 ERA over 25.1 innings. He followed that up with a 2.15 ERA for the Rays in 2021 and had been pretty good in 2022:
Matt Wisler (2022): 44 IP, 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
Over his last eight innings, Wisler hadn’t allowed a run and had only given up two hits and one walk. Wisler was out of options, so I guess that’s why the Rays chose to move on. However, one man’s trash could be another man’s treasure. Wisler would be an upgrade over someone like Jackson Stephens in Atlanta’s bullpen. Picking him up off waivers could give the Braves bullpen a little extra juice coming down the stretch, and you can never have enough talented bullpen arms.
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