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Padres drop Clayton Richard

Oct 29, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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San Diego would have non-tendered Clayton Richard ahead of his final trip to arbitration this offseason anyway, but the Padres cut ties before then by outrighting the veteran left-hander from the 40-man roster yesterday.

Richard had the option to accept an assignment to Triple-A sans roster spot or become a free agent and he chose the latter, so he’ll hit the open market looking for a new contract and a bounceback year in 2014.

Acquired from the White Sox in the Jake Peavy trade, Richard posted a sub-4.00 ERA for the Padres in 2010, 2011, and 2012, but he got knocked around for 44 runs in 53 innings this season before being shut down with a shoulder injury that required surgery. He made $5.2 million and the Padres obviously had no interest in paying him anything similar in 2014, so now he’ll likely be searching for a one-year deal at age 30.

  1. pmkoul - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    No comments so far……looks like everyone is waiting for more World Series articles.

  2. larjones64 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I’m sure Terry Ryan will be looking ate this guy… UGH!

  3. yahmule - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Either he can’t pitch from the stretch or he loses his concentration with men on base. Every season of his career he’s had a higher BAA with ducks on the pond.

  4. NatsLady - Oct 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I wonder if the Nats could fix him, a la Ross Ohlendorf.

    OTOH, Zach Duke.

    Rizzo seems to collect these guys with about a 50-50 chance of it working, or at least working for a while. Nats need depth, as we have no locks at 4-5 in the rotation.

  5. jwbiii - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    If the Padres were going to non-tender him, and they should have, putting him on the market a few weeks early is doing him a favor.

    • gloccamorra - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      I think they had to make a decision since he had to be reinstated from the 60 day DL by a certain date. They don’t hate the guy, but they have young pitchers finally ready to move up, so maybe they decided to do him a favor by giving him more time to look for another spot.

  6. anxovies - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    He’s a lefthander and only 30 so somebody will take him.

    • gloccamorra - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Yeah, but he had left shoulder surgery in 2011 as well as this year. He might get a lot of minor league contract offers.

  7. Kevin Gillman - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    If the Indians don’t re-sign Scott Kazmir, they could give Clayton a shot. I mean look at what Mickey Calloway did for Ubaldo Jimenez this season. If Mickey could turn things around for Ubaldo, he could do it for Clayton.

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