Angels and Garrett Richards avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Angels and right-hander Garrett Richards have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2 million contract.

Richards, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player, requested a $3.8 million for 2015 and was offered $2.4 million from the Angels when figures were exchanged on January 16. An arbitration hearing was set for February 11, but the two sides were able to find a compromise a bit north of the midpoint.

Richards emerged as one of the best pitchers in the American League last season before tearing his left patellar tendon in August, posting a 2.61 ERA and 164/51 K/BB ratio over 168 2/3 innings. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said earlier this week that he’s now “optimistic” the 26-year-old will be ready around the start of the season.