General manager Jerry Dipoto said they have been pleased with the progress Richards has made from the surgery.
"Ordinarily, he'd have thrown off a mound a couple times at this point in January, so he's not too far behind where he'd be in his normal throwing preparation," Dipoto said. "It's a matter of making sure the knee is stable and his lower body is in good shape. We're very optimistic, as we have been throughout."
In 2014, Richards went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA.
Talks for the new contract have been moving slowly with no discussion of a multi-year deal coming, according to the report. Richards asked for $3.8 million, but the team only offered $2.4 million.
Richards went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 2014, amassing 164 strikeouts in 168 2/3 innings.
If Richards isn't ready for the start of the season, the team expects him to be back shortly after that. Richards had knee surgery in August, but he's been able to make progress. General manager Jerry DiPoto said he was "optimistic" about Richards' status. Richards has been able to increase his running on a treadmill, and hasn't experienced any issues with his throwing program, according to DiPoto. Richards is currently throwing from 125 to 150 feet about five times per week.
Richards posted a 2.61 ERA over 168 2/3 innings last year.
“Numbers-wise, it was all right,” Weaver said of his 2014 season (18-9, 3.59 ERA). “But from a personal standpoint, me being ultra-competitive, I want to get deeper in games.
“The bullpen helped me a lot last year. I just want to gain some strength. I went on a different weight-lifting program last year, and it’s been paying off. I’m going to stick with it.”
The average velocity of Weaver’s fastball dipped to a career-low 86.3 mph last season. However, he said the added weight gain is more for endurance than velocity on his fastball. He averaged just over six innings per start last season and has just one complete game over the last two seasons after throwing seven complete games in 2011-12.
“I don’t care about velocity -- I just want to be stronger for the whole nine innings,” Weaver said. “If velocity comes along, so be it. I think I’ve shown I can pitch from 83 to 93 mph.”
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Howie Kendrick , 2B||.293|
|HR||Mike Trout , CF||36|
|RBI||Mike Trout , CF||111|
|OBP||Mike Trout , CF||.377|
|SLG||Mike Trout , CF||.561|
|R||Mike Trout , CF||115|
|SB||Erick Aybar , SS||16|
|W||Jered Weaver , SP||18|
|ERA||Garrett Richards , SP||2.61|
|WHIP||Garrett Richards , SP||1.04|
|K||Jered Weaver , SP||169|
|SV||Huston Street , RP||41|
|Full Team Statistics|
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