The Padres announced the acquisition of righty Matt Wisler, who’ll make his way back to the place where his professional career began. In return, the Reds picked up righty Diomar Lopez.
Wisler’s career hasn’t gone the way some expected when he departed the San Diego organization in advance of the 2015 season. Then considered a high-quality pitching prospect who was a significant piece of the swap that sent Craig Kimbrel out west, Wisler failed to gain traction with the Braves.
For the most part, it was more of the same in 2018. Wisler turned in decent results in the upper minors and struggled badly in his limited opportunities in Atlanta, just as he had done in prior seasons.
After a late-season trade to the Reds, though, Wisler’s results perked up. He allowed just three earned runs in his 13 1/3 relief innings in Cincinnati. Things didn’t really get interesting until this spring, when Wisler ran up a 16:1 K/BB ratio in a dozen frames.
Since he’s out of options, Wisler will have to be carried on the active roster by the Friars. He could conceivably buttress a still-thin rotation, though the odds seemingly favor a relief role — perhaps including some multi-inning stints.
Interesting. He’s out of options now which means someone has to get sent down, and then maybe Guerra or Pirela gets DFA’d?
They’re not going to DFA Guerra while they figure out the pitching thing.
More likely Nix goes to the 60-day.
Sounds like Guerra switching to Pitcher. Hail Mary time!
I went to the HOF ceremony this past summer to watch another Padres SS-turned-pitcher get inducted… “So you’re tellin’ me there’s a chance…” lol
Who knows? Saw him pitch for Gwinnett last year. Stuff looks the same. Sits 93. Slider still decent.
Decent bullpen option. Don’t see him sticking in the rotation. Can’t be any worse than Mitchell, that’s for sure
Some people thought Mitchell would be good because he sat 96. Doesn’t matter.
Does he replace an Erlin? So many lefties, almost need a righty long relief spot starter.
Nice pick up by the San Diego padres the return of Matt Wisler drafted by the SD Pads back in 2011. He is a starter caliber Pitcher work with Pitching Coach Darren Basley fixing some mechanics maybe we can get back to form we was the 1 prospect Pitcher in 2011. And he is still young 26. Cool nice pick up AJ Preller.
Balsley must see something in Wisler.
There are a dozen or more people whose opinions drive player acquisitions. Darren isn’t really one of them.
After all the no name pitchers we flipped over the past 5 years…are you kidding me?
Playoffs here we come!
Meanwhile, former top prospect entering the 2016 season Javier Guerra has had to convert to pitcher since his bat never developed. The “shortstop of the future” we had in the Kimbrel trade… to go along with Margot and Logan Allen…. really hope somebody from that trade works out for the padres
You haven’t been anywhere near the postseason since the trade so it’s not like you missed Kimbrel. Allen is a Top 100 prospect. You could sign Kimbrel tomorrow if you pleased. I don’t think it was such a bad deal.
It’s not about missing Kimbrel, our bullpen has been just fine. But when you trade an elite player, you hope that you hit on some of the players you receive in return. So far, I would say the trade hasn’t panned out overall…. Margot is still a question mark after a good rookie year then a big regression (at the plate and on the bases) last year. Logan Allen has a chance…. although he was unable to beat out Nick Margevicius (a single a ball player) for a rotation spot this spring. So, we will see. But ideally, when you trade a key piece like a Kimbrel, or a brad hand, etc….. you’d like to receive a full time major leaguer in return. Hasn’t happened yet
In case you haven’t heard, Preller can do no wrong.
Margot is working out just fine. And the bullpen didn’t even miss a beat in Kimbrel’s stead.
Margot’s not very good unless he learns how to hit. He’s a glove only CF.
90-100 wrc and elite defense is decent for CF. That’s really all they need from margot bat wise.
No. You need a little bit more than just a glove. And that’s all he’s got. The guy can’t even run the bases!
He’s neither an elite defender nor a guy with a wRC+ above 90.
Margot worked out just fine….. is a very low standard for what fine is. And I wasn’t talking about our bullpen missing Kimbrel. Kimbrel was never resigning anyways. My point was about capitalizing on a trade asset like Kimbrel (just like we traded hand)…. when you trade key pieces like that and receive 4 players in return for Kimbrel, you’d like one to be an everyday major leaguer. Guerra was a miss (unless he turns into Matt bush on the mound), Margot is still a question mark (this will be a big year for him), Asuaje is gone, and Logan Allen has a chance…. but we won’t have an answer to that for a bit. All I was saying was they have to hope one of those guys work out….. that’s the point of a trade. Seems pretty simple to understand
Margot isn’t a question mark. He is what we’ve seen. Preller has had him in the lineup almost every game since he came up out of some desperate need to prove himself.
Short stop of the future went to the wayside when tatis jr ascended.
Margot and allen were the gets- Guerra and asuaje were wild cards.
Guerra was a top 100 prospect at the time. He was a get, he just didn’t pan out.
Wrong, Guerra was the “get” at the time of the trade, he just didn’t pan out like they hoped he would
At the time of the trade margot and allen were the get- they were viewed as having the most upside. Allen was drafted in 2015 and traded that same year but managed 0.90 era in 20 innings.
Guerra had concerns about his offensive and was a 70-100 top prospect at the time of the trade.
Despite his limited showing Logan Allen was viewed as having more upside despite being years away.
. Allen was a guy in rookie ball. so you mean to tell me that the #76 prospect in baseball was a wild card? While a guy with 20 innings in rookie ball was the get? That’s interesting lingo. I’m sure they liked allen’s Upside but you’re acting as if Guerra was some kind of trash throw in which is ridiculous. He was a top 100 prospect.
I don’t need to try again. Winning a debate with a smart person is hard enough…. winning one with a person who clearly is ignorant on the subject, is impossible.
You aren’t convincing anybody, who has any knowledge on the subject, that Logan Allen was considered the bigger get in that trade than Guerra. Sorry man. You’re only fooling yourself.
Reading comprehension is hard I get it.
Clearly you don’t know what wild card means. Let me help you.
Wildcard- a person or thing whose influence is unpredictable or whose qualities are uncertain.
Exactly what Guerra was. A wild card. He had 1 good season in the minors that pushed him up the rankings.
Never said he was trash thats how you chose to interpret my comment.
Margot and allen were seen as the prizes from the deal. Top 100 prospect or not Guerra was still a wild card given his 1 season of production vs other seasons where he wasn’t productive.
Allen was a top 150ish talent in the draft, fell to the 8th round, and red Sox offered him a well above slot value deal to sign him.
very interesting. I think another righty is a good idea out of the pen
Welcome home old friend.
Odd the reds didn’t give him more of a shot. They are rebuilding and he’s worth the shot. Idk. Padres make a lot of funny moves, this one is more normal. Safe pickup
Maybe its an April Fool’s joke.
Low risk bullpen or starter option.
@Jeff Todd Wisler was in the Kimbrel trade, not the Upton trade.
You’re both wrong. He was indeed in the Upton trade, but it was the BJ Upton trade (yes aka the Kimbrel trade), not the Justin Upton trade.
I could see why he’s get Matt Wisler and Max Fried confused
He got into trouble for painting a picture of his mother.
Guess I’m the only one to get the joke, Bob! Nice!
Actually, Matt Wisler was the centerpiece of the Craig Kimbrel trade to the Padres, not the Justin Upton deal.
And the braves center piece for kimbrel was bj
It’s wasn’t a total loss for the Braves. They got Austin Riley out of it!
Nor for the padres either.