Padres designate left-hander Eric Stults for assignment

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The Padres cleared a spot on their 40-man roster today by designating left-hander Eric Stults for assignment.

Stults earned $2.75 million this season while posting a 4.30 ERA and 111/45 K/BB ratio in 176 innings over 32 starts. The 34-year-old was due a raise in arbitration this winter, so the Padres ultimately decided that he wasn’t worth it, especially considering the numbers of options they have for the back-end of their rotation in 2015.

Stults owns a 3.87 ERA over 79 starts and four relief appearances during his time in San Diego, but that translates to an ERA+ of 88. In other words, life outside of PETCO Park is unlikely to be kind to him.