Clayton Richard needs season-ending shoulder surgery

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Padres left-hander Clayton Richard has been on the disabled list since exiting his June 21 start after just two pitches and next week he’ll undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

Corey Brock of MLB.com has the details on the operation, writing that Richard “will have surgery to essentially shave down part of his left clavicle so he doesn’t encounter future problems with his acromioclavicular joint.” That sounds all kinds of not fun, but the good news is that Richard’s actual shoulder doesn’t have any structural damage (like, for instance, a torn labrum).

Last season Richard allowed the most hits and most homers in the NL while striking out the league’s fewest batters per nine innings, but he still posted a nice-looking 3.99 ERA thanks to calling Petco Park home. This year’s final line: 2-5 with a 7.01 ERA in 53 innings. Richard is making $5.24 million this season and is arbitration eligible again next year, but he seems likely to be non-tendered.

Report: Blue Jays and Royals making progress on a Francisco Liriano trade

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Royals are making progress on a trade involving starter Francisco Liriano. Morosi notes that other teams are still involved with the Jays on Liriano as well.

Liriano, 33, has struggled mightily this season. He carries a 5.99 ERA with a 70/42 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. By most metrics, this is one of the worst seasons of the lefty’s career.

The Royals acquired a trio of pitchers earlier this week from the Padres: Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill. Adding Liriano would bolster the team’s rotation depth but might not do much beyond that.

Despite a sluggish start to the season, the Royals went 17-9 in June and are 14-8 in July to put themselves right back in the thick of things in the AL Central. They’re just one and a half games behind the first-place Indians, which explains their aggressiveness leading up to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

The Marlins are open to trading starter Dan Straily

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Miami Marlins are “now open to trading” starter Dan Straily.

Straily is controllable through 2020 and is a solid mid-to-back rotation starter, so you’d think the Marlins would want to hang on to him, but given that all of the starting pitching available right now comes with a high price tag, the Marlins could probably get a lot in return if they were to deal him.

Straily has a 3.84 ERA and a 107/33 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings this season.