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.