White Sox Trade Rumors: Chicago Has 'Checked In' On Padres' Clayton Richard

The Chicago White Sox are among the teams that have "checked in on" San Diego Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard this summer, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Morosi adds that the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers have also shown interest in the lefty, who is slated to pitch on Wednesday for San Diego.

Over his first 19 starts with San Diego this year, Richard has posted a 3.83 ERA with 70 strikeouts and 28 walks over 127 innings. The 28-year-old missed time with injuries last year, but he's posted a sub-4 ERA over the past three-plus seasons in San Diego and he did surpass the 200-inning barrier with the Padres in 2010.

Richard, 28, was actually a prospect in the White Sox farm system before ultimately being dealt to San Diego as part of the deal that brought Jake Peavy to the South Side. Now it appears that Kenny Williams is entertaining the idea of bringing him back.

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