Even after signing Jhoulys Chacin and Clayton Richard to one-year deals, the Padres are still seeking starting pitching help and are interested in Jered Weaver, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Heyman adds Jake Peavy is also a candidate to join San Diego’s pitching staff this winter.
Weaver, 34, struggled with the Angels last season, posting a 5.06 ERA and 5.62 FIP over 178.0 innings. However, between 2009 and 2014, he didn’t post an ERA higher than 3.75.
San Diego’s starting staff pitched to a collective 4.61 ERA last season, which ranked 10th in the National League.
Paul Clemens, Christian Friedrich and Luis Perdomo are all candidates to join San Diego’s rotation next season, though the unit might benefit from the addition of another veteran arm.
The Padres remain in the process of rebuilding, which means signing a major starting pitcher to an extensive deal is likely unrealistic. Therefore, a short-term deal for Weaver, who was plagued by back issues last season, might be plausible.