After an injury-shortened season with knee issues, Matt Strahm was non-tendered by the San Diego Padres, making the 30-year-old lefty a free agent.
In 2021, Strahm pitched in six games with 6.2 innings thrown, going 0-1 with four strikeouts. Obviously, not great numbers. In his six-season career, Strahm has pitched in 157 games, going 13-24 with 273 strikeouts with a 3.81 ERA.
Strahm relies on a four-seam fastball, a slider, a curveball, a sinker, and a change-up. Strahm could be a potentially good project for pitching coach Mike Maddux and catcher Yadier Molina. The pair could work with the lefty to narrow down his pitch selection and get him to feel comfortable with the Gold Glove defense behind him.
It would be interesting to see if he could be a mid-innings pitcher or possibly work as a piggyback with another pitcher as an opener.