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Signed or not, Richard eager to contribute


PEORIA, Ariz. -- At this point, Padres left-hander Clayton Richard is accustomed to being the last man standing.

After all, Richard was the only pitcher on San Diego's staff to make all of his starts (33) in 2012. And now, he is the lone player in camp without a contract for 2013.

Richard and the Padres have an arbitration hearing scheduled for Feb. 19, though the lefty said on Monday that he's hopeful a deal can get completed between now and then.

Richard, who matched his career best in victories (14) last season, has asked for $5.55 million. The team offered $4.905 million. Last season, Richard made $2.705 million.

It's been a busy month for the Padres, who reached deals with seven of their arbitration-eligible players, including third baseman Chase Headley, who will make $8.575 million. Another arbitration-eligible player, outfielder Kyle Blanks, agreed to a contract in November.

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