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


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 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.