On Friday the Rays bought right handed Matt Wisler from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Minor League left handed Michael Plassmeyer.
Wisler compiled a 6.05 ERA with 26 strikeouts and just six walks in 19 1/3 innings before the Giants designated him for assignment on Wednesday. Wisler, 28, will be looking to regain his form from 2020, when he was a standout in the Twins bullpen, recording an ERA of 1.07 over 25 1/3 innings.
“It was really tough, because there were some underlying things that he did really well,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Wednesday. “I still think he’s a good pitcher. It’s hitting the kids. It wasn’t a lot of guys walking. There was only one contact in more unfortunate moments that turned into big innings, and it was just a little hard for him to get out of under.
Plassmeyer, 24, released a 3.64 ERA this season at Double-A Richmond. He has 33 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings and seven appearances, including three as a starter.
The Rays, who also acquired cash consideration in the deal, have appointed catcher Deivy Grullón to make room for Wisler, who is expected to join the Rays in time for Saturday’s match against the Orioles.