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Padres re-sign Clayton Richard

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The Padres re-signed pitcher Clayton Richard to a one-year, $1.75 million contract, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The deal includes an additional $1 million in incentives.

Richard, 33, was used out of the bullpen by the Cubs, putting up a 6.43 ERA in 25 appearances before being released in August. The Padres snapped him up and had him mostly pitch out of the rotation, compiling a 2.52 ERA with a 34/24 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings.

Richards’ peripherals don’t really point to a quality starting pitcher, but the Padres don’t have many better options even after recently signing Jhoulys Chacin. The club is just hoping Richards can reliably eat up some innings over the course of the 2017 season.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.