Padres: Three free agent bullpen arms to replace Luis Perdomo

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Given the Padres will be without Luis Perdomo in 2021, here are three bullpen arms to target when free agency officially opens.

With the club since 2016, Luis Perdomo never materialized into the pitcher he was projected to be when he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as an international free agent in November 2010. He was a Rule 5 draft pick for the Padres, going straight from High-A ball to the big leagues.

The 27-year-old’s struggles in the rotation and the bullpen are well-known, and he was likely going to be a non-tender candidate this offseason anyway. And the recent news that he underwent Tommy John surgery nearly ends his time in San Diego.

Looking ahead to next season, the Padres could look within the organization for Perdomo’s replacement, in guys like Pierce Johnson, Michel Baez, or Dan Altavilla. However, if general manager AJ Preller would prefer someone from outside the organization, there are some options on the free-agent market.

Here are three players to consider with a similar projected AAV in 2021.

1. Trevor May

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB Draft, Trevor May was part of the Ben Revere trade in December 2012. He had the opportunity to establish himself in the Twins’ rotation but was transitioned to the bullpen in a full-time role beginning in 2016. He missed all of the 2017 season with Tommy John surgery, but he’s been dominant over the last three seasons.

In 2020, the 31-year-old posted a 3.86 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 23.1 innings and only 7 walks. He features four pitches but primarily relies on his fastball and slider. The latter yielded a .176 average and 34.4 whiff rate this past season. May’s fastball’s spin rate added approximately 100 RPM since 2018, producing nearly a 47 percent swing-and-miss rate in 2020. Before the COVID financial adjustment, May was set to earn $2.2M.

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