Padres, Clayton Richard Avoid Arbitration

The Padres have avoided arbitration with left-hander Clayton Richard, as's Corey Brock tweets the two sides have agreed to a new one-year contract.  Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press (Twitter link) reports the deal is worth $2.705MM, which was just under the midpoint of two figures submitted by both sides — Brock reported last week that Richard was looking for a $3.1MM contract and the Padres countered with a $2.35MM offer.  Richard is represented by SFX.

Richard, 28, came in San Diego in 2009 as part of the Jake Peavy trade package from the White Sox, and has posted a 3.84 ERA and a 1.69 K/BB ratio in 63 starts with the Padres.  He was limited to 18 starts last season after undergoing season-ending surgery on his throwing shoulder in July.

The Padres entered the offseason with 11 arb-eligible players (second only to the Giants' 13), but have come to terms with all of them except right-hander Dustin Moseley.  Check out MLBTR's Arbtracker for all the latest on arbitration-related signings and negotiations.

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2 Comments on "Padres, Clayton Richard Avoid Arbitration"

3 years 7 months ago

He has two first names, that is a serious issue.

3 years 7 months ago

mostly cutter and 2-seam fastball with some sink.  he’s got a borderline changeup and a breaking ball that’s just for show.  he has some strikeout potential but he mostly pitches to contact and hopes to generate groundballs.  he gets in trouble when he can’t keep his control sharp and walks batters.