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.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks signed outfielder Oswaldo Arcia on Tuesday.
Arcia, 25, spent the 2016 season with four teams: the Twins, Rays, Marlins, and Padres. He racked up a total of 222 plate appearances, batting .203/.270/.366 with eight home runs and 23 RBI. Arcia showed some promise in his first two years in the league with the Twins so the Diamondbacks are hoping he can rediscover that.
It’s still unknown if Arcia’s deal is a major or minor league deal. If it’s a major league deal, Arcia is likely looking at a bench role. If it’s a minor league deal, he will have to perform well in spring to find his way onto the Diamondbacks’ 25-man roster.
The Pirates have signed pitcher Daniel Hudson to a two-year, $11 million deal, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Hudson, 29, has been a reliever for the last two seasons. As such, he’ll add depth to the Pirates’ bullpen. As Passan notes, Hudson has “a potential path” to the closer’s role as the club is expected to eventually trade Tony Watson.
Hudson posted a 5.22 ERA with a 58/22 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings last season after putting up a 3.86 ERA in 2015, both with the Diamondbacks. Since moving to relief work, Hudson’s fastball has sat in the mid-90’s. He’ll be the latest reclamation project for pitching coach Ray Searage.