The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration and signed Josh Collmenter to a 1 year $1.2 million dollar contract on November 9, 2016. Collmenter was signed by the Braves on September 13, 2016. He started for the Braves and in 3 starts allowed only 5 runs over 19 innings.
The Braves were able to sign Collmenter from the Chicago Cubs from their minor leagues system. The Braves were looking for pitchers to help with their depleted starting pitchers rotation in late 2016 season. The Braves saw a lot of potential in Collmenter and were pleasantly surprised with his pitching performance. They were impressed enough to keep him and re-sign for at least one more season. The deal also has incentives that could be worth a total of $2.4 million dollars.
The Braves already have their #1 and #2 starters signed for 2017 with Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz. Collmenter would fit very nicely as their #3 starter but that might be too early to make that potential projection. The Braves will be active in free agency, and they are hoping to make splash at the winter meetings currently underway in Arizona. John Coppolella, the Braves General Manager is looking for pitching arms and he is open to signing good players who will fit in well in Atlanta.
There are few free agent starting pitchers who will bring a lot attention to big market teams in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. It will be interesting to see which team lands Rich Hill from the Chicago Cubs, and other starting pitchers. The Braves want to keep their spending in the free agent market in check. John Coppolella is a very smart General Manager, and he wants what is best for the Atlanta Braves organization and their fans. Spending wisely is what Coppolella and the Braves want to do. There is a new stadium waiting for the Braves and their fans. The money will be spent on good players who will fit in to the Braves teams and organization. Josh Collmenter is the first starting pitcher to sign to the Braves, and it will be interesting to see who the next will be. The pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training in February and the Braves would like to bring the right players in. So far, things are looking great. GO BRAVES!!!!!