Garrett Thomas Richards is a Major League Baseball pitcher who currently pitches for the Texas Rangers. He previously played for the Los Angeles Angels, San Diego Padres, and Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball.
The Texas Rangers have signed free-agent right-hander Garrett Richards to a one-year deal, with the former starter anticipated to pitch numerous innings out of the bullpen.
Richards will be paid $5.5 million in total, including his $4.5 million pay this season. In addition, the Rangers have a $9 million club option with a $1 million buyout for 2023.
Richards pitched for the Boston Red Sox last season, going 7-8 with a 4.87 ERA in 22 starts through early August before making his final 18 appearances out of the bullpen.
Richards has consistently stated that his troubles last season were due to Major League Baseball’s midseason crackdown on pitchers’ use of prohibited grip enhancers.
Richards, 33, has 11 major league seasons under his belt, mostly with the Los Angeles Angels from 2011 to 2018.
Before joining Boston last year, he spent two seasons with San Diego. Over 227 games, he has a 54-59 record with a 3.81 ERA (150 starts).
The Rangers placed right-handed pitcher Jonathan Hernandez on the 60-day disabled list to make room on their roster for Richards. In April 2021, he had Tommy John ligament reconstruction surgery on his right elbow.
How Much Does Garrett Richards Make?
Garrett Richards makes an an annual average salary of $5,500,000