San Diego Padres: Brett Myers in the Padres Starting Rotation in 2013?

Gary Ousdahl@@GaryOusdahlCorrespondent IIDecember 30, 2012

Will Brett Myers be in the Padres' starting rotation next season?
Will Brett Myers be in the Padres' starting rotation next season?Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

During his regular online chat with fans, Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune spoke about the Padres' possibility of signing right-handed free-agent pitcher Brett Myers.

Myers, who is coming off of a 2012 season spent between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox, spent the entire year pitching in relief.

In 65.1 innings pitched, Myers had a 3.31 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 19 saves.  

Though Myers has experience as a starter, reliever and closer, he would prefer to be a starter first and closer second in 2013.  

The 32-year-old, 6'4", 240-pound right-hander has 249 starts in 377 career games and six seasons of 190-plus innings pitched.  He finished 10th in Cy Young award voting in 2010 when he went 14-8 with a 3.14 ERA, 180 strikeouts in 223.2 innings pitched for the Houston Astros.  

Though the Twins and Orioles have both shown interest in Myers this offseason, it looks like the team that will give him the best opportunity to be a regular starter may win out on the bidding.

Known as a pitcher's ballpark, many veteran starters have come to Petco in recent years—David Wells, Greg Maddux, Jon Garland and Kevin Correia to name a few—to resurrect their careers before signing larger contracts elsewhere.  

Since Myers wants to prove himself as a starter once again, San Diego could be the ideal situation for him—and the Padres.

Myers had some very nice seasons earlier in his career with the Philadelphia Phillies.  And though he's lost some zip over the years, he still has four solid pitches (fastball, slider, curve and changeup) at his disposal—and he can throw them all for strikes.  He also has good control and doesn't allow a lot of home runs.

With the Padres still one starting pitcher short of their offseason objective, I personally think Myers could be a good addition to the rotation in 2013.  

What do you think?