At one point, free agent Tim Stauffer wanted to be strongly be considered for a role in the San Diego Padres starting rotation. After a solid 2014, in which Stauffer went 6-2 with an ERA of 3.40 in 40 games, he had to make a decision: did he remain a fixture in the Padres’ bullpen–a role he had served in since 2013, or did he take his act on the road and sign with another team and try to crack their starting rotation? Well, this past Tuesday, Stauffer made that decision, and the longest-tenured San Diego Padre was now a member of the Minnesota Twins, signing a one-year deal worth $2.2 million dollars.
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In nine seasons in San Diego, Stauffer departs having posted a career record of 34-37, with an ERA of 3.87 in 183 appearances, 73 of which were to his liking–starts. The Padres drafted Stauffer in 2003 out of the University of Richmond. He missed the entire 2008 season following surgery on his shoulder to repair a torn labrum. He earned an Opening Day start in 2011, but an elbow injury, which resulted in surgery derailed his starting rotation status from 2012 forward.