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Former Padres RHP Tim Stauffer is signing with the Diamondbacks

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The beloved former Padres first-round pick and ace-turned-long-reliever, Tim Stauffer, will be heading to join the division rival Diamondbacks on a minor league deal, according to Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors.

The 33-year-old right-hander has yet to find a longtime home since the Padres parted ways with him following the 2014 season. Shortly after entering free agency that Winter, he signed a one-year deal with the Twins, but landed on the disabled list a month into the 2015 season and was then designated for assignment and released by the team. He then signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters, in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, but it wasn't long before MLB came calling and at the end of July he signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets. He pitched for their Triple-A team in Las Vegas for a little over a month before being promoted to the big league club during September call-ups.  In five appearanced for the Mets he compiled a 7.94 ERA, and at the end of the season he was once again DFA and released, making him a free agent this offseason.

It's no secret around here that Tim Stauffer was my favorite Padre while he was here, and I still yearn for the day he'll return to his home in the Padres organization.

Unfortunately AJ Preller won't be putting a lifetime contract for Stauff under my Christmas tree this year. Instead, he'll be joining a different NL West team debuting like a dozen new uniforms in 2016. The good thing about this is if we do end up facing Stauffer on the mound in 2016, which would be a bummer, it would likely mean something went wrong for the Diamondbacks' Greinke-led rotation, which would be awesome for us. Either way, I hope he finds success this upcoming season so Preller eventually targets him and brings him back.