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The Dodgers sign Vicente Padilla

Jan 21, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

Padilla headshot.jpgFrank McCourt was quoted yesterday as saying that, yes, the Dodgers would get another pitcher before spring training.  That plan obviously failed, but they did sign Vicente Padilla to a one year deal worth $4 million today.

OK, that’s not fair. Padilla pitched well for the Dodgers down the stretch last season — 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA in seven starts and two great playoff performances — and he’s not even close to the worst pitcher the Dodgers have signed this winter.  Still, that late season performance was a mirage — he hasn’t had an ERA lower than 4.46 since 2003 — and of course, he is a notorious clubhouse cancer, having been released by the Rangers last year after he was deemed “a disruptive clubhouse presence.”

$4 million isn’t too much to spend for a reliable, average pitcher. With Padilla, though, it’s the reliable part that I’d worry about.

  1. Joe - Jan 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Yes, it may seem like Dodger management does some dumb things some times; but they have kept operating costs down and still been successful on the field. They might win more games than you think they will. At least Vicente and those other pitchers have low enough salaries that they can just be cut if they don’t work out.

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