SAN DIEGO -- The bulk of the Padres' young roster is under team control for years to come. But there will be a small bit of turnover this offseason, nonetheless.
Righty starter Jhoulys Chacin, shortstop Erick Aybar and righty reliever Craig Stammen all hit the open market as free agency began on Monday afternoon. The Padres have expressed at least some interest in bringing back all three. As expected, none received qualifying offers.
Among the potential returning free agents, signing Chacin is likely to be a focal point. Padres general manager A.J. Preller will be looking to add at least two starting pitchers, and the veteran right-hander would fill that void. In 32 starts last season, Chacin posted a 3.89 ERA, including a 1.79 mark at Petco Park.
Aybar and Stammen would also fill holes at shortstop and in the bullpen, respectively. Aybar batted .234/.300/.348 in 108 games last season, and Stammen posted a 3.14 ERA in 60 relief appearances.
Meanwhile, the Mazzoni, Sanchez and Melville moves come without much surprise. With free agency opening, the Padres needed to clear roster space to reinstate the five players who were on the 60-day disabled list.