In an effort to help possibly bring in another veteran arm to their rotation or bullpen, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Clayton Richard to a minor league deal with a spring training invite, the team announced via it’s Twitter account Wednesday morning.
The #Pirates have signed LHP Clayton Richard to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) December 3, 2014
The 31-year-old Richard spent his 2014 season in the Arizona Diamondbacks system, appearing in just 21 1/3 innings while rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Richard last appeared in the majors in 2013 with the San Diego Padres, posting a dismal 7.01 ERA over 52 2/3 innings pitched.
His last full season in the majors came in 2012, where the lefty appeared in 218 2/3 innings for the Padres, posting a 3.99 ERA.
Richard is the definition of a “buy low” type of player, coming off of a serious injury, and very little time in the majors in the recent years. The minor league deal makes the signing of very little risk to the Pirates, but he could potentially fit into that mold of veteran pitchers that the Pirates have helped rebuild and revitalize in the past.