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Angels pitcher Garrett Richards signs for $6.425 million, avoids arbitration

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards signs for $6.425 million, avoids arbitration

The Angels avoided arbitration with their best pitcher Thursday, agreeing to terms with right-hander Garrett Richards on a one-year, $6.425-million contract for 2016.

Richards, in his second year of arbitration, settled slightly higher than the midpoint of the salary figures he and the team exchanged last week. The Angels offered $5.3 million, and the pitcher countered with $7.1 million.

The hard-throwing Richards, 27, went 15-12 with a 3.65 earned-run average in 32 starts last season, striking out 176 and walking 76 in 207 1/3 innings. He spent all of last winter rehabilitating from surgery for a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee, an injury that ended his 2014...

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