After his first full season as a member of the Padres’ Starting Rotation in 2011, it appeared that Tim Stauffer was ready to become San Diego’s de-facto #1 guy when Spring Training came to a close last March. Stauffer however sustained an elbow injury before the regular season began, and only started 1 game the entire season. By September he was shelved for good after he underwent surgery on his Pitching elbow in late August.
San Diego did not tender Stauffer this past offseason, and he became a Free Agent after he cleared the waiver wire. Since October, the Padres have not been able to make a large splash in terms of offseason acquisitions to help their Starting Rotation, and the team could definitely use some help and depth at that positional unit.
Stauffer however is nearing the end of his rehabilitation period, and according to Padres.com Beat Writer Corey Brock, he has made progress as of late. Over the weekend, Brock tweeted how:
I for one am glad to see Stauffer fighting back from yet another injury once again, and it appears that he is readying himself to return to action. The only question now will be whether or not the Padres are interested in bringing him back for another year and another shot to contribute. San Diego definitely has questions in terms of experienced depth and the overall effectiveness of the guys they have slotted to use every fifth day next year. Thus, the pickup, or at a tryout of Stauffer could not hurt the team in any respect.
Let’s face it readers, the Padres will likely not pick up any of the bigger Starting Pitching names left on the Free Agency and Trade markets. With that in mind, giving Stauffer a tryout, a Minor League deal, or an invitation to Spring Training if he checks out medically might be in the team’s best interests. I certainly remember how many injuries that members of the Friars’ Starting Rotation sustained last year, and it might be wise for the organization to have someone like Stauffer on speed-dial if the injuries and ailments pile up in 2013.
Readers: Should the Padres at least give Stauffer a tryout if he’s healthy? Yes or No?