Proper-hander Craig Stammen is a free agent and can flip 39 years previous in March. Nonetheless, that doesn’t imply he’s hanging up his spikes. “I simply love enjoying,” Stammen tells Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune. “I wasn’t prepared. I wish to exit slightly higher than I went out final 12 months. I’m going to attempt to give it one other go.”
Stammen has been a mainstay of the bullpen in San Diego over the previous six years. Within the 4 full seasons from 2017 to 2021, he logged at the very least 79 innings in every marketing campaign and saved his ERA between 2.73 and three.29. He doesn’t usually get enormous strikeout totals, however he does induce loads of floor balls and limits free passes. He hasn’t had a stroll charge above 5.6% since 2017 and has posted a floor ball charge of 45% or greater in every season of his profession.
He appeared on observe for one more strong 12 months in 2022 earlier than a shoulder harm acquired in the way in which. He had a 3.34 ERA by way of 32 1/3 innings when he went on the IL in July as a result of proper shoulder irritation. He missed about two months, returning to the staff in September, however didn’t end sturdy. He logged one other 8 1/3 innings down the stretch however posted an 8.64 ERA in that point.
It’s attainable that he was nonetheless coping with some lingering results of the harm or was maybe simply rusty after the absence. Stammen himself doesn’t appear to suppose so, nevertheless. “I felt nice on the finish of the season,” Stammen mentioned. “I’ve continued to throw. … I really feel too good to not maintain enjoying.”
It’s attainable that Stammen returns to the Padres membership he’s been with for the previous six years, however Acee additionally notes that Stammen has begun the method of chatting with different groups. The free agent marketplace for relievers has been strong within the early components of this offseason, with Edwin Diaz getting $102MM over 5 years, Robert Suarez getting $46MM over 5 years and Rafael Montero getting $34.5MM over three. Not all groups will wish to spend at that degree, nevertheless, and a few will inevitably look to different choices. The final time Stammen was a free agent was going into 2020, when he and the Padres agreed to a two-year take care of a $9MM assure and a membership possibility for 2022 that they ultimately exercised. Based mostly on Stammen’s age and shoulder harm, he’ll possible be restricted to one-year offers this time round.