Craig Stammen has made a successful comeback with the Padres after missing nearly all of the last two major league seasons. And, according to the veteran reliever, he is not in a rush to move on. Speaking with the Union-Tribune on Sunday, Stammen expressed interest in re-signing with San Diego in 2018.

“I really like it in San Diego,” Stammen said. “They showed me quite a bit of loyalty at the beginning of the season when I was struggling. They could’ve gotten rid of me really quick. But they stuck with me, they gave me a chance. (Manager Andy Green has) been great with me, allowed me to work back this year and get put in different situations.

“If the front office is up for it and the price is right, then that’s what’ll happen. It’s kind of out my hands in a little bit of a way. But if they come with a fair offer, for sure, I would love to come back to San Diego.”

There appears to be mutual interest. Green recently said that, aside from All-Star Brad Hand, Stammen has been the Padres’ most valuable bullpen arm.

“I’d love to have Craig back,” Green said over the weekend. “I think there’s immense value in who he is and what he brings to the ballclub.”

Stammen has rewarded his manager’s faith. After signing a minor league deal and making the opening-day roster, the right-hander put up an unsightly 8.49 ERA in April. He entered Sunday having posted a 2.14 ERA since the first month of the season.

The right-hander has been especially useful in pressure situations. Through Saturday, his 85.7 percent strand rate represented a career high. He has inherited a bases-loaded jam seven times. On six of those occasions, he has not allowed a run to score. (The exception involved an error.)