Ken Rosenthal has reported that the Padres are in final contract negotiation with reliever Craig Stammen. Jon Heyman reported that the contract is for two years at $4.5million. Stammen led all Padre relievers in innings pitched and was fifth in the league among all bullpen arms. After a rough start to his season, Stammen stabilized and became one of the game’s most reliable relievers. He was signed to a minor league contract before the 2017 season after essentially being out of the big leagues since the 2014 season. Simply making the major league roster out of spring training was a success for the veteran righty, but his story only got better as he settled back in line with a performance level that he hadn’t produced for four years. Along the way he proved to be a leader in the clubhouse and the bullpen for a group comprised largely of young, inexperienced pitchers. Not only are the Padres bringing back one of the strongest members of their bullpen, they’re bringing back a player with the character and leadership to guide the kids he’ll be playing alongside.
Here’s the breakdown of the contract terms: