The Padres are still in pursuit of starting pitching help and are interested in Doug Fister, Jake Peavy and Jered Weaver, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Rosenthal adds Weaver is the “least likely” of the three to join San Diego’s pitching staff.
San Diego signed Clayton Richard and Jhoulys Chacin to one-year deals in December, when the club was first rumored to be considering Weaver. However, it seems the Padres still want to add another arm before Spring Training begins.
The market for Fister has yet to develop, but he is seemingly one of the more experienced arms on the market. Over 180.1 innings with the Astros last season, he posted a 4.64 ERA and 4.75 FIP. Despite poor numbers with the Nationals in 2015, Fister still might be best suited for the National League and isn’t in a position to command en extensive deal.
Like Fister, Peavy is a bounce-back candidate who could receive a one-year deal and explore the market again next winter. Peavy pitched with the Padres for the first seven seasons of his career but struggled with the Giants last season, posting a 5.54 ERA and 4.36 FIP over 118.2 innings.
San Diego’s starting staff collectively posted a 4.61 ERA, which ranked 10th in the National League, last season.