Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's Official: Dodgers Sign Vicente Padilla

Just in. Dodgers Press release:

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

“Vicente’s flexibility and willingness to be in whatever role we may need him in was very important to us,” said Colletti. “We believe he is capable of filling practically any role on our staff and we are very glad to have him back.”

The 33-year-old was the Dodgers’ 2010 Opening Day starter in his first full season with the club and went 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA in 16 starts during an injury-shortened campaign. He posted career-best marks with a .226 opponents’ batting average, an average of 8.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched and a 3.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which was the ninth-best mark among National League starters (min. 15 starts). The right-hander was dominant at Dodger Stadium, going 4-2 with a 1.61 ERA (8 ER/44.2 IP) and limiting opposing hitters to a .168 batting average in his six home starts. Padilla also tossed his fourth-career shutout on August 4 against San Diego, taking a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and striking out nine in a two-hit effort.

After he was originally signed by Los Angeles as a free agent on August 19, 2009, Padilla went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA in eight games (seven starts) over the final two months of the season. He continued his success in the 2009 postseason, going 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts, which included 7.0 scoreless innings in the Dodgers’ NLDS series-clinching victory in Game 3 at St. Louis.

The Nicaragua native is 104-90 with a 4.31 ERA in 321 career games (237 starts) with Arizona (1999-2000), Philadelphia (2000-05), Texas (2006-09) and Los Angeles (2009-10). He achieved three career milestones in 2010 to become one of 34 active players with more than 100 wins, 1,500 innings pitched and 1,000 strikeouts.

During his career in the National League, Padilla has posted a 3.93 ERA in 218 career games (134 starts). He was named to the National League All-Star team while with Philadelphia in 2002, when he went 14-11 with a 3.28 ERA in 32 starts.

Padilla was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998.