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LOS ANGELES– The Los Angeles Dodgers today signed right-handed pitcher Vicente Padilla to a one-year contract.  General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

“Vicente did a tremendous job for us down the stretch and his continued success in the postseason proved that he can pitch when there’s a lot at stake,” said Colletti.

 The 32-year-old Padilla has won 14 or more games in four of the last eight seasons, joining Andy Pettitte as the only two pitchers to accomplish that feat among a free-agent pitching market that has included John Lackey, Randy Wolf, Joel Pineiro, Brett Myers, Jason Marquis and Jon Garland, among others.

 During those eight seasons, Padilla’s only campaigns as a starting pitcher, he has posted a 91-76 mark (.545) and averaged 6.0 innings per start. Last year, he went 12-6 with a 4.46 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) for the Dodgers and Rangers. After being signed by Los Angeles on August 19, Padilla went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA in eight games (seven starts) over the final two months of the season before his continued success in the postseason.

 In his first career playoff outing, he pitched 7.0 scoreless innings and allowed just four hits to St. Louis in Game 3 of the NLDS. In Game 2 of the NLCS against the Phillies, he lasted 7.1 innings and allowed just one earned run on four hits but did not earn a decision in the Dodgers’ lone victory of the series. He suffered the defeat in Game 5 to give him a 1-1 record and 3.63 ERA in his three postseason outings.

 The Nicaragua native is 98-85 with a 4.33 ERA in 305 career games (221 starts) with Arizona (1999-2000), Philadelphia (2000-05), Texas (2006-09) and Los Angeles (2009).

 During his career in the National League, Padilla has posted a 3.92 ERA in 202 career games (118 starts). He was named to the NL All-Star team while with Philadelphia in 2002, when he went 14-11 with a 3.28 ERA in 32 starts. 

 Padilla led the Rangers’ pitching staff with 14 wins in 2008, and 11 of those victories came on the road away from hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.  His 43 wins overall as a Ranger since the start of the 2006 season rank second on the club in that time, one behind Kevin Millwood’s 44.  

 Padilla was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998 – From Dodgers PR Department

I might add that Padilla’s ’09 injury ledger included forearm tightness, a strained shoulder, a bruised palm, swine flu, and a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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  1. Ken says:

    Free Stults

    This signing sure reduces the probability of having to see Ortiz next season, unless maybe if you live in ALBA.

    Please start Elbert, McDonald, Troncoso, and Lindblum in AAA so that they will be ready as starters in 2011, in August 2010 if 2010 turns into a disaster and a fire sell happens, in May – July 2010 if starters are injured, or in May 2010 to replace Stults if he bombs (You know that Torre hates this kid and will cut him the first time that he gives up 4 runs even though he has the most Dodger shutouts over the last 2 seasons). A little competition is good for the soul.

    Is there any room for both Weaver and Heager in the bullpen along with the 2 Rule 5 kids. Is Heager out of options? Will either of the Rule 5 guys even make it on the 25 man roster? Was their acquisition just a safety net becasue of budget restrictions caused by the divorce? Are teh 2 Rule 5 kids even needed considering the depth of the Dodger bullpen?

  2. Bill Russell says:

    I think this is good news. We really need starting pitching. Glad to see the mountains moving.

  3. McCheapne$$ says:

    Great move..

  4. Rory says:

    Good move. Not a great move.

    I hope he has a no gun clause in his contract.

  5. I like the pickup, not the price. I was hoping for something in the 3-4 million range with many incentives built in to keep him honest. And the $1mil signing bonus was BS.

    I guess we will have to hope that the one year deal is enough to keep him motivated. The idea of a huge contract possibility next year if he does good this year will be his only real incentive.

    I do like his numbers over the past 8-9 years though. A winning record. It shows that he is truly a winner when he takes the mound. I was also impressed with his stuff last season. Really good movement. Plus the ice water that runs through his veins.

    Let’s also just say that I would not want to run into Padilla, Belisario, and/or Broxton on a dark street!!!

  6. And I forgot to add…. Nice picture of Padilla Mark! But I would have preferred one with him beating a Giant rather than an A of course. LOL

  7. lawdog says:

    Padilla has excellent stuff most of the time. His fastball is way above average and I’d pay the price of admission just to see him throw that “Ephus” curve. Bow just sign Ben Sheets. If you have to choose between Haeger and Weaver for long relief and an occasional start, go with Haegr. It’s a no brainer. The best knuckleball in baseball sitting on the bench with some of the hardest throwers in the gasme? I’d get him in as many games as possible and watch him put zeros up on the board throwing is dancer.

    Besides, Weaver’s been toast for s o long that he’s now a crispy critter.

    Go sign Ben Sheets and I’ll be a happy camper and actually pay real money to see the team play again in 2010. (Someone else better break the news to Ruth who thought we’d be travelin’ about this spring and summer instead of her watching me scream, curse and cheer the tv most nights… :eek:

  8. Jaydavis says:

    All we need now is jarrod washburn

  9. Ken says:

    Colletti said it was unlikely the Dodgers would be able to sign another starting pitcher and that they would spend the remainder of the off-season focused on bolstering their bench.


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