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Padres starters Tim Stauffer, Dustin Moseley become free agents

Oct 26, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

Tim Stauffer AP

By outrighting Tim Stauffer and Dustin Moseley on Friday, the Padres dropped two-fifths of their planned 2012 rotation from the 40-man roster. Both have opted for free agency, the Union-Tribune reports.

Stauffer had a 1.85 ERA in seven starts and 25 relief appearances for the Padres in 2010 and a 3.73 ERA in 31 starts in 2011, but he made just one appearance in 2012 before going down with an elbow injury. Season-ending surgery to repair his flexor tendon followed.

Moseley, likewise, made just one start this year. He underwent labrum surgery on his shoulder in April, and he probably won’t be ready for the start of 2013. The 3o-year-old made 20 starts for the Padres in 2011 and went 3-10 with a 3.30 ERA.

One imagines the Padres will try to re-sign Stauffer at a lesser salary than the $3.2 million he made this year. Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richard are their only veteran returning starters, and the team will surely listen to offers to both this winter. Andrew Cashner also figures to have a spot in the rotation if healthy, but the Padres will need to add depth, and pitchers might not be quite as eager to sign with the team now that the fences at Petco are coming in a bit.

  1. gloccamorra - Oct 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    If they released 40% of last year’s projected rotation that started 2 of 60-plus planned starts, why would they think of trading another 40% of that rotation that actually pitched 65 starts? Do ya think they’ll bring back Jeff Suppan, Kip Wells and Ross Ohlendorf? With every other team looking for pitching this off-season, rebuilding a rotation WITH Volquez and Richard returning is going to be tough.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Oct 27, 2012 at 6:04 PM

      I didn’t write that I think they’ll trade both. I wrote that they’d listen to offers. I do imagine both will be available. They’re getting more expensive, and they’re not exactly building blocks. My guess would be that one of the two goes.

  2. ch0psuey - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Stauffer was the longest tenured Padre I believe. Now Chase Headley takes on that role If I am correct

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