Dodgers Sign Padilla for 2010

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed right-handed pitcher Vicente Padilla to a one-year contract. He reportedly signed for a $4.025 million base salary and $1 million signing bonus. The Dodgers snapped him up immediately after Joel Pineiro was signed by the Angeles.

  "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 Dodgers GM Ned 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.   

Padilla was the bargain of the season, signing as a free agent after being released by the Texas Rangers and accused of being a "bad teammate." Hiroki Kuroda had been hit in the head by a line drive, and Padilla came on board Aug. 19 for the pro-rated minimum wage, and not only delivered on the mound but drew praise for his attitude from teammates.

Padilla has posted a 91-76 mark (.545) and averaged 6.0 innings per start over his career. Overall last season, he was 12-6 with a 4.46 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) for the Dodgers and Rangers. Padilla went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA in eight games (seven starts) over the final two months of the in Los Angeles before continuing his success in the postseason.  

  He made his first career playoff start against the St. Louis Cardinals, pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just four hits 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 was banged around in Game 5, allowing six runs in three innings. Overall he had 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).  

  Over his National League career, Padilla has posted a 3.92 ERA in 202 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.  

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