The San Diego Padres signed Craig Stammen to a multiple-year deal.
On Saturday morning, the San Diego Padres announced that Craig Stammen would be returning on a two-year/$9 million deal with a third-year club option worth $4 million.
After not pitching in 2016, Stammen pitched well for the Padres over the past three years. He owns a career 3.63 ERA, 1.251 WHIP, and 605 strikeouts in 732 innings. Stammen has been incredibly dependable for San Diego as his 3.29 ERA in 2019 was the highest of his three years on the Padres. Not to mention, he led the Padres in overall appearances over the past two seasons.
Stammen really only throws two pitches: a two-seam fastball and a slider.
His fastball sits typically anywhere from 92-94 mph with some run to his arm side. The right-hander throws his slider about 20% of the time, and it averages 87 mph. He can also mix in a curveball and changeup, but he rarely chooses to throw those pitches.
Outside of a dreadful June that included an 8.25 ERA and back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs against the Washington Nationals, Stammen was one of the most dependable relievers for the San Diego Padres in 2019. His 4.12 FIP is higher than his ERA, but a 3.85 xFIP and 3.69 SIERA paint a better picture.
Sources: #Padres in agreement with free-agent pitcher Craig Stammen on multi-year deal, pending physical.
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Given the fact that Andres Munoz took over the setup role in the second half of the season and that Drew Pomeranz was brought in as a free agent, it is likely that Stammen will be the reliever comes in either the 6th or 7th inning, depending on the game situation.
The main benefit of having Stammen return is the veteran leadership abilities he shows. The Padres are one of the youngest teams in baseball, especially in the pitching staff, so he will be counted on heavily to help guide the team.
This is the second addition to what is becoming an already promising bullpen for the San Diego Padres. Fangraphs projected the Padres bullpen to be the 2nd best in the NL with a 5.4 WAR. With the signing of Stammen, it will likely now be projected to be the best.
Stammen, who will be 36 come Opening Day, adds dependability, leadership, and consistency to a young bullpen.
At just over $4 million per year, the Padres are getting a good deal.
Dominic is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Journalism. He also is the producer and co-host of the “Padres EVT Podcast.”