Padres eye reunions with Stammen, Chacin

Returns for free-agent righties on San Diego's offseason radar

November 16th, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Padres are hoping to reunite with a pair of right-handers this offseason in reliever and starter .

The two revitalized their careers in San Diego in 2017. Now free agents, both remain squarely on the Padres' radar for '18 as well.

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"Both guys had good experiences with the Padres," general manager A.J. Preller said earlier this week from the General Managers Meetings in Orlando. "Both guys expressed interest when the season ended of potentially trying to re-sign with us and playing in San Diego.

"From our standpoint, it's about seeing how the next couple weeks play out. They're two guys we have interest in bringing back. We've got to see if we line up financially."

That's where things get tricky. Both Chacin and Stammen had enough success in 2017 that they could warrant multiyear deals on the open market.

With a stockpile of arms at Double-A San Antonio, the Padres probably aren't looking to commit long-term to a starter. Instead, they'll likely take the same tack as last offseason, when they signed Chacin and three other starters to one-year deals.

The same probably holds true in the 'pen, where San Diego thinks highly of its youngsters. Stammen is entering his age-34 season.

The Padres' front office has considered committing two years to Chacin and/or Stammen. But that's probably only if the second year is discounted.

There were more than a few similarities between the two veteran right-handers last season. Both struggled to stay healthy before joining San Diego. But they proved their health in 2017, while outperforming expectations. Both were lauded for their clubhouse influence as well.

In 32 starts, Chacin posted a 3.89 ERA with a career-high 153 strikeouts. His 1.79 home ERA was the fourth lowest in Petco Park's history -- which could give the Padres an upper hand toward re-signing him.

Stammen, meanwhile, got off to a rough start, posting an 8.49 ERA in April. He turned that around, emphatically, with a 2.24 mark in the final five months. Stammen served in numerous roles, thriving most when he entered games with men on base.

Even if they ultimately decide to return to San Diego, both Stammen and Chacin will explore their free-agent options first.

"It's a competitive marketplace, and those guys performed well," Preller said. "Other teams are going to take note of that, too. We've got to see how the next couple weeks play out."