The gap between the Padres and projected starting pitchers Clayton Richard and Dustin Moseley totals $1.8 million according to figures exchanged by the parties after Tuesday's arbitration deadline passed.
Richard is seeking $3.1 million for 2012 while the Padres are offering the left-hander $2.35 million in his first season of arbitration eligibility. Richard made $468,680 in 2011.
Moseley is seeking $2.55 million for 2012. The Padres have offered him $1.5 million. The right-hander made $900,000 in 2011 after signing with the Padres as a free agent.
"The differences are significant," said Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes. "They are both tricky in their own way."
The Padres can still negotiate a settlement with both before their arbitration hearings, which will be held between Feb. 1 and 21st in St. Petersburg, Fla. At that time, the arbitrator will select either the club's or the player's amount for the player's 2012 salary.
The Padres reached contract agreements with nine of their major league-high 11 arbitration eligible players before Tuesday's 10 a.m. deadline for exchanging contract figures.
The Padres have gone to arbitration with only two players since 1998 – pitcher Joey Hamilton in 1998 and infielder Todd Walker in 2007. The club lost both cases. The Padres released Walker that spring and later reached a settlement on his unpaid salary.
Both Richard and Moseley finished the 2011 season on the disabled list following shoulder surgery, although Moseley's was to his non-throwing shoulder to correct a recurring problem of temporary dislocations when he swung a bat.
Richard was 5-9 with a 3.88 earned run average in 18 starts last season. He made his last start on July 4 and underwent a debridement procedure of the labrum in his left shoulder on July 29. He is expected to be ready for the Feb. 19 start of spring training.
The only remaining Padre among the pitchers received from the White Sox in the July 31, 2009, trade that sent Jake Peavy to the American League team, Richard has a 24-19 record with a 3.85 ERA in 63 career starts for the Padres.
Moseley was 3-10 despite a 3.30 ERA in 20 starts in 2011. He made his last start on July 26. During that start, his right shoulder popped out of the socket for the second time in a span of eight starts. He had surgery on Aug. 3.
--The Padres have re-signed Yordany Ramirez to a minor league contract. Ramirez, 27, began his professional career as an outfielder in the Padres system in 2002 but was turned into a pitcher while in the Astros minor league system in 2010. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ramirez hit .246 with 46 homers and 128 steals in 741 games as an outfielder.
--Byrnes said the Padres could add one more starting pitcher with major league experience to give the Padres insurance. The pitcher would likely get a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training and would likely open the season at Triple-A Tucson.