Padres will grant Brandon Maurer’s wish to be a starter again

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Brandon Maurer thrived in San Diego’s bullpen last season after previously struggling as a starter in Seattle, but now the Padres are moving him back to the rotation.

General manager A.J. Preller told Corey Brock of MLB.com that Maurer prefers to start and “you put a lot of stock in that.” And if things go poorly again as a starter “we know that he can pitch coming out of the bullpen.”

For his three-season career Maurer has a 6.62 ERA in 21 starts and a 3.40 ERA in 92 relief appearances, but he’s also just 25 years old and as new Padres manager Andy Green pointed out to Brock: “You look at his minor league track record, his dominance in Jackson in Double-A, he was a tremendous starter there.”

San Diego has already traded closer Craig Kimbrel and his primary setup man Joaquin Benoit, so moving Maurer to the rotation would complete a total bullpen overhaul.