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Padres sign Clayton Richard to a contract extension

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 15: Clayton Richard #3 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a game at Coors Field on September 15, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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The Padres announced on Wednesday that the club signed pitcher Clayton Richard to a contract extension through the 2019 season. It’s a two-year, $6 million deal, per MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.

Executive VP and GM A.J. Preller said, “Clayton has been a steadying presence in our rotation, both on and off the field. He has provided veteran leadership for our young ball club, and his tireless work ethic sets the standard among his peers. We’re extremely excited to have him in a Padres uniform for two more years.”

Richard, 34, is tied for the league lead in losses at 14. Along with that, he has a 4.82 ERA with a 136/55 K/BB ratio in 185 innings. The lefty earned $1.75 million in 2017 and was eligible to become a free agent after the season.

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