Padres Favored to Bring Back Reliable Veteran Reliever

Adam Taylor McKillop
The San Diego Padres are favored to bring back a reliable veteran reliever, Craig Stammen.
The San Diego Padres are favored to bring back a reliable veteran reliever, Craig Stammen. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The MLB hot stove simmered down during Thanksgiving week, but things are expected to pick back up with the league's annual Winter Meetings scheduled for Dec. 5. The Winter Meetings typically result in a bevy of offseason moves from free agent signings to blockbuster trades.

While this year's group of free agents is headlined by some big pitching arms like Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander, there's a large group of mid-tier targets available. And according to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, the San Diego Padres are a favorite to secure one of those mid-tier relief arms.

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According to Rosenthal, the Padres "are likely to re-sign [Craig] Stammen, who is a clubhouse leader and one of [Bob] Melvin’s most trusted veterans."

Stammen reached free agency after a disappointing 2022 campaign. The 38-year-old righty made just 33 appearances after missing two months of the season with right shoulder inflammation. His 40.2 innings pitched was the second-fewest of any season in his lengthy 13-year career, but Stammen touts an impressive career 3.66 ERA mark.

San Diego recently signed two-time All-Star Julio Teheran to a minor league deal.

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