Just speculation but I’m guessing once it was put out there that Collins is going to be and expected to be the starter Hicks asked for this....
Yup, almost certainly this is Hicks request and the team want to give him a chance and not keep a disgruntled guy around.
Win win really for the FO. If he tests the market and finds no takers then he stays and it removes any issues with feeling unhappy. If he finds a buyer then we get something back for him.
We still have Vallejo for depth and he was better than Hicks last year.