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Daily Friar 2.17.13 

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The first weekend of spring training is coming to a close. So far it has been pretty eventful for the Padres, and the late news from yesterday is no different. Yasmani Grandal issued his apology yesterday afternoon (shortly after I posted the Daily Friar). Also last night it was announced that Clayton Richard has signed with the club, thus avoiding arbitration. There is significance with that signing as well, which you can see below. Also there is more Grandal news in that his middle finger on his left hand has two inflamed tendons. Because of this he hasn’t been able to swing a bat much this offseason. Of course he has to serve his suspension so it’s not a huge deal, but it does mean that he won’t be able to work out as he would probably like to. So definitely some interesting things coming out of camp. Let’s see what the articles have to say:
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Padres and Clayton Richard agree on one year deal – Padres.com

“The Padres agreed to terms on Saturday with the last of their eight arbitration-eligible players, left-hander Clayton Richard, on a $5.24 million deal.”

Grandal apologizes again for drug suspension – CBS Sports

“Reading from a prepared statement, San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal apologized for a second time following his 50-game suspension for a positive test for testosterone.”

Logan Forsythe is a bit ahead of Cameron Maybin – NBC Sports

“Padres manager Bud Black said Logan Forsythe (knee) is “a bit ahead” of Cameron Maybin (wrist) in terms of starting spring training drills.”

Chicken Friars interviews David Marver, the creator of the new Padres documentary

“I really can’t stress the importance of what Marver has done. He’s brought attention to a team in desperate need of it. However, he used technology to control the narrative of that attention, and is hoping to keep that attention on the team.”

MLB set to have no arbitration cases for first time since the process started – Yahoo

“Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey and San Diego Padres left-hander Clayton Richard agreed to one-year contracts Saturday, making it all but certain there will be no salary arbitration hearings this year for the first time since the process began in 1974 – arbitration was suspended for 1976 and 1977 while free agency was put in place.”

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.