The Padres have announced they agreed to minor league contracts with Tim Stauffer, Freddy Garcia, and LHP Arturo Lopez.
Tim Stauffer is working his way back from elbow surgery and is reportedly only two weeks behind schedule. Stauffer was selected by the Padres, fourth overall in the 2003 draft. Following his breakout 2010 campaign, Stauffer set career highs in starts 31, innings 185.2, wins 9, and strikeouts with 128.
Lopez 29, spent 2012 pitching in the Mexican League with Diablos Rojos del Mexico. Lopez debuted in 2009 with the Padres.
Ken Rosenthal feels that the price of Rick Porcello is rising and the Padres are out of the race. Also feels that they should look at trading for guys such as Aaron Harang or Luke Hochevar.