Tim Stauffer P MIN 4 Days

Stauffer will compete with Alex Meyer, Tommy Milone, Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May for the fifth starter role this spring. "If he can't handle it, then he goes to the bullpen," GM Terry Ryan told the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

It seems most likely that Stauffer will be a swing man/long reliever in the bullpen this season, but the competition for the fifth starter job appears wide open at the start of spring training.

Tim Stauffer P MIN 2 Months

Stauffer signed a one-year, $2.2 million deal with the Twins on Tuesday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Stauffer posted a 6-2 record primarily as a reliever for the Padres in 2014, posting a 3.50 ERA over 64.1 innings. He'll likely compete for a back-end rotation spot in 2015, but may end up in long relief.

Tim Stauffer P MIN 6 Months

Stauffer (5-2) picked up the relief win in extra innings on Friday against the Dodgers, as he pitched the 12th inning while allowing one hit with one strikeout.

The 32-year old Stauffer has found his niche as a reliever finally, but he is still giving up far too many walks and remains extremely hittable to batters which does not bode well for fantasy owners.

Tim Stauffer P MIN 6 Months

Stauffer faltered Sunday at St. Louis, surrendering two runs on three hits and one walk to go with two strikeouts in two frames.

In the fifth inning, Stauffer relieved starter Odrisamer Despaigne, setting down the side following a leadoff single. However, Stauffer wasn't as crisp in the sixth, when the Cardinals placed runners at second and third. With two outs, he gave up a two-run double to Matt Carpenter, bumping up the right-hander's ERA to 3.86 on the season. Expect Stauffer to continue pitching in low-leverage situations, especially if his walk rate, currently sitting at 4.04 BB/9, doesn't turn around.

Tim Stauffer P MIN 9 Months

Tim Stauffer was chased after just 2 2/3 innings Monday, yielding two runs on four hits and two walks in a loss to the Pirates.

Stauffer was 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA early last week, but his fortunes, predictably, have changed abruptly. The right-hander was coming off one of the worst starts of his career, coughing up seven runs while recording just one out against the Snakes on Wednesday. Things went better this time around, but that's only by degrees -- he lasted just 71 pitches in Petco. Stauffer has allowed nine runs and secured only nine outs over his last two outings, but San Diego isn't sure it has anyone better to replace him. Stauffer hosts Washington this weekend.

Tim Stauffer P MIN 9 Months

Tim Stauffer got pulverized in Arizona on Wednesday, yielding seven runs on six hits and a walk while recording just one out against the Snakes.

He entered the game 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA and exits 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Stauffer began the season in the bullpen and blanked the Cubs for five innings to win on Friday in his first start of 2014. The right-hander can't be trusted in fantasy. Stauffer hosts Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Tim Stauffer P MIN 9 Months

Making his first start since 2012, Tim Stauffer blanked the Cubs for five innings to win on Friday night.

Stauffer was better than he needed to be, as the Padres gave him eight runs of support. He probably shouldn't get used to that, though. In truth, he was just thrilled to be back in the rotation in the first place. If he continues to pitch well while Robbie Erlin is out, he should get a chance to stick. He's not a great mixed-league pickup yet, but he should continue to have value in NL-only leagues.

Tim Stauffer P MIN 9 Months

Tim Stauffer will start on Friday versus the Cubs.

He's filling in for the injured Robbie Erlin (elbow). Stauffer hasn't started a game in the majors since 2012, so he'll obviously be on a pitch count. It's possible he'll be given additional turns in the rotation if he pitches well.

Tim Stauffer P MIN Sep 13 '79

Padres avoided arbitration with RHP Tim Stauffer by agreeing to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.

After missing nearly all of 2012 with an elbow injury, Stauffer pitched well out of the bullpen for the Padres in 2013, posting a 3.75 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 43 appearances. It's possible he'll be given another shot to start in 2014, though San Diego has a bevy of rotation options.

Tim Stauffer P MIN Mar 03 '79

Tim Stauffer pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief Wednesday, allowing one run and striking out seven Cardinals.

Tonight's showing should get Stauffer back into the Padres rotation, so give him a look in NL-only leagues. There are still questions about his arm, but he a pretty effective starter in 2011.