Wisler, Giants agree to deal

The San Francisco Giants have signed veteran reliever Matt Wisler to a 1 year $1.15 million deal. The 28-year-old right-hander was non-tendered by the Twins last week and was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2011. He was taken in the 7th round of the June Amateur Draft out of Bryan High School in Ohio. Wisler never made it to the bigs while in the organization but was 45-26 in the minors with a 3.50 ERA and collected 647 strikeouts. Wisler was traded to the Braves in 2015 along with Jordan Paroubeck, Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, and a draft pick. In exchange, the Padres received Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. He went 16-23 during his time with the Braves which included 230 strikeouts and a 5.27 ERA before heading to Reds with Preston Tucker and Lucas Sims for Adam Duvall in 2018.

The Bryan, Ohio native appeared in just 11 games for the Reds and pitched just 13 1/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and a 2.03 ERA. Wisler found himself back in Southern California with the Padres, who traded Diomar Lopez to Cincinnati in the deal. Before being designated for assignment by the Padres, Wisler went 2-2 in 21 games and struck out 34 batters but had an ERA of 5.28 during his second stint with the team. The Seattle Mariners picked him up off waivers and sent cash compensation to San Diego to complete a trade. He went 1-2 for the Mariners in 23 games (8 starts) compiling a gaudy 6.04 ERA while striking out 29 batters. Seattle parted ways with Wisler as they put him through the waiver wire last winter. The Minnesota Twins picked up Wisler, who went on to have one of his best seasons even during a pandemic shortened season. He had a 1.07 ERA in 25 1/3 innings last year with a 0-1 record. He appeared in 18 games and made 4 starts for the Twins in which he allowed just 3 earned runs all season, including 2 home runs.

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