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Padres and Clayton Richard avoid arbitration with one-year, $2.705 million contract

Jan 23, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

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According to the Associated Press, the Padres and Clayton Richard have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.705 million contract.

Richard was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The 28-year-old southpaw requested $3.1 million and was offered $2.35 million by the Padres when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, so the two sides ended up settling right around the midpoint of $2.725 million.

Richard, who was acquired from the White Sox as part of the Jake Peavy trade in 2009, posted a 3.88 ERA over 18 starts in 2011 before undergoing season-ending surgery on his left shoulder in late-July. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready for spring training and open the season in the Padres’ starting rotation.

  1. b7p19 - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Just goes to show that you never really know how some of these trades involving aces are going to go. Richards has certainly been more valuable than Peavy.

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