Garrett Richards has entered the stage of his professional career where pitchers often come to terms with teams on long-term contracts.
Richards, 27, has recorded a 3.18 earned-run average in 376 innings the last two seasons, statistics similar to those posted by Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann in the same span.
The Angels control the rights to the right-hander for three more seasons and will pay him $6.43 million this year. Their new general manager, Billy Eppler, has described Richards as the team's ace.
Yet, the Angels have not had a conversation with Richards or his agent about a contract extension. The chief reason: There's no consensus about what kind of...