Phillies Deal Vicente Padilla To Texas

The Phillies were facing a decision on Vicente Padilla. The decision wound up to be a deal with the Texas Rangers that sends Padilla out of town for a player to be named later. The trade ends a rocky stay in Philadelphia for the talented right-hander.

To say that Vicente Padilla never quite fit in with the Phillies isn't off the mark. From the moment he arrived in an ill-fated deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks for Curt Schilling, Padilla never seemed happy.

First, there were disputes about his age. Padilla was listed as 22, but was one of the older looking 22 year olds that most people had seen. It didn't help that not too long after the deal, came a wave of young foreign players who were found to be much older than originally thought.

From there, Padilla wound up avoiding reporters and wasn't overly friendly with many of his teammates. Rumors of alcohol problems were exploding when Padilla was involved in car accidents in his native Nicaragua, even though he wasn't driving in most of the accidents.

Even so, Padilla wound up having the longest tenure of any of the players that the Phillies acquired in the deal for Schilling. Travis Lee, Omar Daal and Nelson Figueroa all left town in pretty short order.

Playing in all or part of 5 1/2 seasons with the Phillies, Padilla went from working out of the bullpen to a role in the starting rotation. Originally, Padilla was thought to have the stuff of a future closer, but that never really panned out. Padilla pitched 51 games in relief for the Phillies, going 5-7 with a 4.76 ERA and two saves. As a starter, Padilla started 111 games and went 44-42 with a 3.91 ERA.

Still, Padilla battled inconsistency and injuries over the last two seasons and was due for arbitration, meaning that he could have gained a raise over his $3.2 million 2005 salary.

Padilla was already in Texas on Monday to take a physical that would be required before the trade would become official.


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