Tigers, White Sox, Orioles Asked About Richard

The Tigers, White Sox and Orioles checked in on Padres left-hander Clayton Richard, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). All three American League teams are known to be seeking starting pitching depth.

Richard, 28, has a 3.83 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in an NL-best 127 innings this year. He earns $2.7MM in 2012 and will remain under team control as an arbitration eligible player through 2014. He has a career ERA of 4.12 with 6.0 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in five seasons with the White Sox and Padres.

Padres GM Josh Byrnes figures to get calls on players such as Richard, Edinson Volquez and Chase Headley, but all three players are under team control past 2012. One team said the Padres' asking price for Headley is the highest market price, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported on Twitter today.


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32 Comments on "Tigers, White Sox, Orioles Asked About Richard"


Rabbitov
3 years 17 days ago

Please say the Orioles aren’t buyers.

not_brooks
3 years 17 days ago

I wouldn’t mind the O’s buying a pitcher like Richard.

He’s fairly young, he’s under team control through 2014 and he wouldn’t cost much compared to the big names on the board.

He would certainly make the O’s more watchable over the rest of 2012, and he could be a part of a contending O’s team in 2013 or 2014.

Rabbitov
3 years 17 days ago

Its a good point, but the O’s farm is pretty barren. Not sure I want to see us drop anything of value to take Richards out of the confines of Petco and into OPACY. Further, I think we should be sellers.

not_brooks
3 years 17 days ago

Oh, I’m with you. I wouldn’t want to trade the likes of Bundy, Machado, Schoop, Hoes, Delmonico or Esposito for Richard. But anyone else is up for grabs.

I have no idea what the Padres are looking for, or if they would even be interested in a deal that would include say, Brian Matusz and maybe a low level, high ceiling guy like Clayton Schrader or Parker Bridwell. But, yeah, I wouldn’t want to give up any of our Top Ten guys for Richard.

Re: Being sellers – Who should we be selling…?

Thomas Carrano
3 years 17 days ago

As a padre fan I like clayton and to see trades to a place that could get him some run support would be good. But I wouldn’t mind him staying either.

forkball27
3 years 17 days ago

Go get Richard Tigers! Probably could get him without having to trade a major piece.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 17 days ago

At least we can dislike comments again!

Thomas Carrano
3 years 17 days ago

I agree this format sucks

jwsox
3 years 17 days ago

Please stay away Kenny. He is clearly a product of the NL and petco. He was bad when he was in Chicago coop couldnt even do anything with him. And he was a throw in in te peavy deal. That being said DD go get him it will help the tigers stay in 3rd

leachim2
3 years 17 days ago

Yeah it’s not like he could have developed and become a better pitcher in the last 3 years.

John Kappel
3 years 17 days ago

Looking at his record he wasn’t that bad actually. Maybe you were watching a different White Sox team?

jwsox
3 years 17 days ago

Nope there is only one whitesox team that I know of. Yea his record isn’t that bad. But the games I went to that he pitched he would dominate then get rocked. He was frustrating.

John Kappel
3 years 16 days ago

So he would dominate for awhile and then get rocked in the middle of the game his first three years in the league? But he couldn’t get any better.

3 years 17 days ago

He’s not a product of Petco. Look at his home/road splits. Better at home of course but still solid on the road.

HARRISON ROSE
3 years 17 days ago

sox should trade what they got for Quentin back to Padres for Richard with a Jake Peavy jersey. Only makes sense

3 years 17 days ago

I hope no team trades for Volquez. He was horrible here in Cincy and SD seems like the best place for him.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 17 days ago

I’m a big Padre fan, I’m also not the biggest C. Richard fan. I really don’t think the AL would be a good fit for him again. His pitching style is suited for Petco and the NL and he would get lit up on a regular basis by some of the AL lineups. Also with 10,000 starters on our DL this year the Padres need him to go out there every 5 days.

sdsuphilip
3 years 17 days ago

Richard is an ok number 5, unless you need pitching depth you really shouldn’t want him

Kevin Charity
3 years 17 days ago

The Padres would be foolish to trade Richard, unless someone overpays. No, I do not think Richard is a staff ace, but he has taken the ball for every start, and had given the Padres a ton of quality innings. With a staff that has been ravaged by injuries, they need him out there. Plus, he is still controllable, and his cost in the future does not seem too prohibitive to retain him.

3 years 17 days ago

Richard could do OK in Comerica Park. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Tigers pick up him. This way we should be able to keep some of our better prospects.

Red_Line_9
3 years 17 days ago

In this day and age it’s reasonable for all MLB teams to discuss pitching. Any pitcher that’s displayed major league competence should be on the radar. Pitching is incredibly thin with every organization. We’ll never hear about teams having TOO much pitching. There are even a few teams running almmost entire AAA quality rotations out in front of their fans.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 17 days ago

Starting to actually feel like the trade deadline is coming up with all these rumors!

wtylerw
3 years 17 days ago

The Pads will require starting pitchers in any deal for Richard or Volquez, we’ve sufficiently thinned out the waiver wire with Marquis and Stults and Ohlendorf.

Upton for Headley is the starting point for the deal I want to see.

3 years 16 days ago

Upton for Headley? In what universe would that make sense for Arizona? The Pads would have to throw in another player as well.

3 years 17 days ago

Why?

$17049574
3 years 17 days ago

I enjoy the new comments format, FWIW. It’s easier to post as myself without jumping through hoops.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 17 days ago

Well, I for one, hate having the most recent comment at the top. Seems out of order

3 years 17 days ago

I think it’s cool but haven’t fully explored. Maybe we should do a separate thread on it.

3 years 17 days ago

The Discussion dropdown lets you change that.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 17 days ago

First time you have ever replied to a comment of mine! Im honored.
By the way…Genius! I have changed it!

jwsox
3 years 17 days ago

Eh I see what you did there

shysox
3 years 16 days ago

Wrong, Richard’s home/away splits are very identical and Pedro Hernandez is nothing but a mediocre innings eater, his future is as a #4 starter if he gets lucky.