The Padres have re-signd lefty Clayton Richard to a 1-year, $1.75 million contract, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Richard is the second rotation addition of the week for the Padres, who also added Jhoulys Chacin on a 1-year pact over the weekend. Richard and Chacin will likely get ample opportunity in a young rotation that is reeling after the departures of James Shields, Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and Drew Pomeranz.
Richard, 33, was a Padres’ target for most of the offseason after posting a solid 2.52 ERA in 53.2 innings with the club to end the season. The southpaw has bounced around a bit since spending five years with the Padres from 2009 to 2013, spending time with the Diamondbacks, Cubs and Pirates organizations.
Richard is the owner of a career 53-53 record and 4.23 ERA in eight major-league seasons with the White Sox (2008-09), Padres (2009-13, 2016) and Cubs (2015-16). He is not expected to be the last rotation piece the Padres add before spring training, as the club is also discussing a reunion with righty Jake Peavy.