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Craig Stammen | Relief Pitcher | #34

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (34) / 3/9/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Dayton
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 12 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Padres signed RHP Craig Stammen to a two-year, $4.5 million contract.
The deal has an additional $1 million per season in incentive-based compensation. The move appears to be a shrewd one after Stammen posted a 3.14 ERA across 60 appearances with the club last year. The 33-year-old had spent his entire career with the Nationals prior to last season. Jan 6 - 5:46 PM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Padres and RHP Craig Stammen have agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million contract with an additional $1 million per season in incentive-based compensation.

This confirms an earlier report from Ken Rosenthal who tweeted the two sides were in serious talks. Stammen was one of the better relievers in the National League last year, notching a cool 3.14 ERA in 60 appearances with the Padres. He fanned 74 batters and walked 28 in 80 1/3 innings. He pitched only four innings in 2015 and missed the entire 2016 season due to a torn flexor tendon that required surgery and a long recovery. He began his career in 2009 and struggled as a starting pitcher, but later developed into a shutdown reliever for the Nationals for several years. The 33-year-old right-hander has a career 3.80 ERA in 571 innings spread over 289 games, including 38 starts.
Jan 5 - 8:53 PM's Mark Sheldon reports that the Reds have spoken with Craig Stammen's representatives recently.

Stammen had a nice bounce-back year in San Diego with a 3.14 ERA and 74/28 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings. He's also from Ohio, so playing in Cincinnati might appeal to him.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 02:16:00 PM

Padres purchased the contract of RHP Craig Stammen from Triple-A El Paso.

Stammen earned a spot in the Padres' bullpen by posting a 0.77 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 11 2/3 innings in Cactus League play. He'll probably act as a long reliever for the Friars.
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 12:56:00 PM

Padres signed RHP Craig Stammen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Stammen has been troubled by elbow issues for the last couple of years, but he was a very valuable reliever for the Nationals between 2011-2014. San Diego will hope the 32-year-old right-hander can find good health and become a viable bullpen option at some point in 2017.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 06:25:00 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona revealed Thursday that Craig Stammen (elbow) "was pretty much shut down for most of April."

Francona added that Stammen "just wasn't bouncing back as well as he'd hoped" as he makes his way back from flexor tendon surgery. Stammen is playing catch from 120 feet again and doing well for the time being, but it doesn't sound like he'll be an option for the Tribe anytime soon. The veteran right was signed to a minor league deal in February.
Fri, May 6, 2016 09:19:00 AM

Craig Stammen (elbow) is expected to throw live batting practice within the next two weeks.

Stammen, who is in Indians' camp on a minor league deal, is coming back from surgery last April to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow. He already has multiple bullpen sessions under his belt and will soon be ready to make the next step in his rehab process. If all goes according to plan, he should be able to help Cleveland's bullpen in the early part of the season.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Craig Stammen (elbow) is nearing his first live batting practice session.

Stammen has been throwing regular bullpen workouts for the last 10 days without issue and is just about ready to take the next step in his rehab. The right-hander underwent surgery last April to repair a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. He could be ready before May if everything continues to go according to plan.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 11:57:00 AM

Craig Stammen (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Monday.

Stammen has thrown off a mound a few times since last April's surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon, but he's going to open the season on the disabled list. The right-hander could be ready sometime in April and should help the Tribe in middle relief.
Mon, Feb 22, 2016 07:40:00 PM

Craig Stammen (elbow) is unlikely to open the 2016 season on the Indians' active roster.

Indians manager Terry Francona did say Stammen is ahead of fellow right-hander Tommy Hunter, who is recovering from core muscle surgery. Stammen had surgery last April to repair a torn flexor tendon in his throwing elbow and is a few weeks away from normal pitching drills. He signed a minor league contract with Cleveland earlier this month. Punch his ticket to the Triple-A disabled list.
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 02:52:00 PM

Indians signed RHP Craig Stammen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Stammen was limited to five appearances in 2015 due to an elbow injury that required surgery, but he should be close to full health leading into the 2016 season. If he has a strong showing during Cactus League play, there may be a spot for him in the Indians' Opening Day bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander owns a 3.91 career ERA, and he boasts a 2.80 ERA since becoming a full-time reliever in 2011.
Mon, Feb 8, 2016 02:33:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Indians are working toward a deal with Craig Stammen.

Stammen made just five appearances in 2015 before requiring surgery for a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. The soon-to-be 32-year-old was non-tendered by the Nationals in early December. It's not clear what his new deal with the Indians will be worth. Look for something more official by Monday evening.
Mon, Feb 8, 2016 10:39:00 AM

Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports that the Blue Jays are interested in free agent reliever Craig Stammen.

It sounds like he's among a handful of names they are considering. Stammen made just five appearances this past season before undergoing surgery for a torn flexor tendon. The Nationals non-tendered him last week, but he's said to be healthy now and could make for a nice buy-low.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 04:00:00 PM

Nationals non-tendered RHP Craig Stammen.

Stammen missed the majority of the 2015 season following surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon. The 31-year-old should have something close to a clean bill of health heading into 2016. He is now on the free agent market.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:08:00 AM

Nationals activated RHP Craig Stammen from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Stammen missed most of 2015 after surgery to repair a torn right flexor tendon, but the Nat think he'll be ready for spring training.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 09:26:00 AM

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