Pirates ink Richard to minor-league deal

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Pittsburgh Pirates signed left-handed
pitcher Clayton Richard to a minor league contract with an invitation to big
league camp on Wednesday.

Richard went a combined 1-2 with a 5.91 ERA in four starts last year between
Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno in the Diamondbacks’ minor league system.

The 31-year-old veteran was originally selected by the White Sox in the eighth
round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. He made his big league debut in
2008 with Chicago before being traded to San Diego on July 31, 2009. In 2012,
he established a career-high in innings pitched (218.2) while tying his career
highs in both wins (14) and starts (33).

Since breaking into the big leagues in 2008, he has posted a career record of
46-47 with a 4.33 ERA in 147 appearances (129 starts).