The Atlanta Braves have avoided arbitration with right handed starter/reliever Josh Collmenter, and signed him to a one-year, $1.2 million deal. Collmenter came to the Braves in a rare September trade with the Chicago Cubs in exchange for cash considerations.
Collmenter, 30, spent his entire career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who drafted him in the 15th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Collmenter broke through into the majors in 2011, and spent six seasons as a starter for the Diamonbacks, before ultimately being moved to the bullpen then released after being designated for assignment. Collmenter then signed with the Chicago Cubs and spent time with AAA Iowa before being dealt to Atlanta.
Collmenter was an effective starter with the Diamonbacks, going 36-33 with a 3.54 ERA over 659 and 1/3 innings with the franchise. After making five starts in Triple-A Iowa with the Cubs, he was dealt to Atlanta where he proved to be more effective, going 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in 3 starts with the club.
The Braves are reportedly on the market for up to three starters, according to Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball. Collmenter figures to be a safe "buy low" option for the Braves, who could use him in both a starting role or a long man role. The Braves will likely experience some major turnover as they look to compete in their new ballpark that opens this season.
The rotation in Atlanta figures to include Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz, but after that, many questions remain. The free agent market is not all that strong, but the Braves appear to be motivated to make a splash.