The San Diego Padres reached an agreement with left-hander Clayton Richard on a one-year, $5.24 million contract Saturday.
Richard was the last arbitration-eligible player this offseason in the major leagues. His deal meant that there were no arbitration hearings in baseball this year. Under the current labor deal, the fewest hearings in one year had been three, according to Fox Sports.
The 29-year-old Richard had requested $5.55 million and the Padres offered $4.905 million. If the two sides hadn't come to terms, a hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.
As the Padres' most reliable pitcher in 2012, Richard never missed a start (33) and equaled his career best in wins with 14 despite giving up a National League-high 31 home runs. His career record is 44-42 with a 4.13 ERA in five seasons with the Padres and the Chicago White Sox.