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Dodgers close to signing Vicente Padilla

Posted on: August 19, 2009 3:16 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2009 3:24 pm
 


The Dodgers, watching their once sizable NL West lead slowly melt, are on the verge of signing free agent right-hander Vicente Padilla, according to CBSSports.com sources.

Padilla, who was released by Texas earlier this season, would help fill a rotation that was weakened when Hiroki Kuroda took a line drive off of his head Saturday. Kuroda is expected to miss his next start and probably land on the disabled list.

The move not only would add depth to the Dodgers' rotation, it also would do so in a relatively inexpensive way. The Dodgers would owe Padilla only a pro-rated portion of the major-league minimum -- roughly $100,000 -- with the Rangers paying the rest of Padilla's $12 million 2009 salary.

Padilla was 8-6 with a 4.92 ERA over 18 starts for the Rangers this season. But the Rangers released him anyway, partly because he was not well liked in the Texas clubhouse given his penchant for throwing at batters, which in turn caused Rangers hitters to become targets for retaliation at times.

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Andrewzdaman
Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2009 2:54 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2009 8:15 pm
 

Dodgers close to signing Vicente Padilla

y cant the dodgers sign ben sheets. there are lots of other pitchers who were not signed at the beginning of the season tat would love to join a top teir team.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2009 6:03 pm
 

Dodgers close to signing Vicente Padilla

The way Manny Ramirez is hitting, maybe a beaning or 2 will wake him up. Vincinte Padilla will add depth and a needed starter. Hopefully Hidoki Kuroda will come back strong so we won't need him in the post season, but I like the signing for the short term. Joe Torre abuses his staff, so maybe Padilla will get his just due if he truly becomes a locker room issue. Time will tell, but 100,000 is a pretty cheap insurance policy.

The Dodgers need someone, and he may be the best available, so why not?



Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2009 6:02 pm
 

Dodgers close to signing Vicente Padilla

As a Ranger fan, losing a pitcher with a winning record doesn't bother me at all - in this case. After pitching well and winning a couple games, Padilla usually had to miss at least two or three starts to take care of some "personal problems" in Nicaragua. Not surprised at all that he has "personal problems". He definitely is a nut case and I'm glad he's gone. He should fit in well in La-La-Land although the Dodger players won't appreciate him.




Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2009 5:48 pm
 

Dodgers close to signing Vicente Padilla

Leave it to the McCourt's to try and do something on the cheap.

This head case Padilla will plunk a couple of batters, Manny or Kemp will get beaned, and the Dodgers will be in worse shape than they are now.





Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2009 5:39 pm
 

Dodgers close to signing Vicente Padilla

Growing up in Brooklyn, I am still partial to the Dodgers. But living in Texas and watching Padilla all I can say is-  Dodgers batters stay on your toes. You'll become targets when he is on the mound. And then watch him laugh when that happens as he did here when Michael Young became a target for the umpteenth time. Come on, Dodgers, don't you have any pride?



Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2009 5:28 pm
 

Dodgers close to signing Vicente Padilla

lol agreed



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2009 4:56 pm
 

Dodgers close to signing Vicente Padilla

Good call. 



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2009 4:49 pm
 

Dodgers close to signing Vicente Padilla

Padilla is a nut...He doesn't listen to anyone.  Only thing is I hope someone in the National League beans him when he's up to bat.  Then we can see what kind of guy he is.



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2009 3:49 pm
 

Dodgers close to signing Vicente Padilla

ok so john smoltz signs with st. louis and now vicente padilla signs with the dodgers.

this move wont hurt the dodgers as much as the smoltz deal because the dodgers actually need a 5th starter better than jeff weaver, eric stults, or scott elbert.

i would give it a 3 out of 5 rating


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