Craig Stammen re-signs with the San Diego Padres

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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.

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.

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Dominic is currently a Junior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, studying Sports Journalism. He also hosts the "Devils Talking Padres" podcast and is the producer and co-host of the "Padres EVT Podcast.
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Matt Klemesrud
Matt Klemesrud
2 years ago

I agree with your Margavicius call. Don’t see it there. Could be wrong. Here’s probably a “radical next move(s)”. Tell me what you think. I punched it into the MLB trade simulator and got approval…lol. 1st trade: Cubs get: Wil Myers -60.3 Padres get: Willson Contreras 17.6 Jason Heyward -53.2 Craig Kimbrell -21.2 The Cubs are crybabies complaining about salary while pocketing ridiculous cash. I still value Myers. But, if the Cubs (having figured out the Bryant situation) want to put cash elsewhere, this is a way to do it, and the Padres get 3 years of a potential in-his-prime… Read more »

Matt Klemesrud
Matt Klemesrud
2 years ago
Reply to  Matt Klemesrud

Oops. Add JD Davis to this bench. Right handed pop and average.

2 years ago
Reply to  Matt Klemesrud

Mets aren’t trading Thor

Matt Klemesrud
Matt Klemesrud
2 years ago
Reply to  Ryan

Are you sure? They’re not going to give him a 9 digit extension. He doesn’t want to be there. I think he can be pried. He also wasn’t that great last year. Upside though. I call their bluff.

Tommy T
Tommy T
2 years ago

It is good to see a focus on the bullpen. Let’s hope this works out.

This also affords more possibilities to move some of the starters our of the bullpen and back to working on the craft of starting (e.g. Morejon).

I am concerned about who gets booted from the 40 man, I hope it is Margevicus, and not someone of more worth.

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