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Padres, Richard agree on $5.24 million for 2013

Left-handed starting pitcher was club's final arbitration-eligible player

Padres, Richard agree on $5.24 million for 2013

The Padres agreed to terms on Saturday with the last of their eight arbitration-eligible players, left-hander Clayton Richard, on a $5.24 million deal.

Richard, 29, ended up with a contract at the midpoint of the arbitration figures he and the team exchanged. Richard asked for $5.55 million while the Padres offered $4.905 million, and the case was set to be heard Tuesday, in just three days.

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Richard said on Monday he was confident a deal would be reached before a potential hearing.

In 2012, Richard was the only Padres starter to make all his starts, 33, and he matched his career-high with 14 wins. He threw 218 2/3 innings with a 3.99 ERA, 107 strikeouts and 42 walks. Although Richard allowed a career-high and National League-high in home runs last season, 31, he was unanimously voted Padres Pitcher of the Year by the San Diego chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Richard is 44-42 with a 4.13 ERA lifetime in five seasons between the Padres and White Sox.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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