Pirates sign Clayton Richard


Pittsburgh has become a place where pitchers go to resurrect their career working with pitching coach Ray Searage and the latest to give it a try will be left-hander Clayton Richard.

Richard topped 200 innings as a starter for the Padres in 2010 and 2012, but missed most of 2013 and all of 2014 due to shoulder problems. He struggled in four starts in the minors this year after returning.

Richard was never more than a back-of-the-rotation starter, but at age 31 he’s still young and the Pirates are investing nothing on a minor-league contract.