December 12, 2005
Texas acquired pitcher VICENTE PADILLA for a played to be named.
Padilla entered baseball as a reliever for Buck Showalter’s Diamondbacks in 1999. In 2000, he was shipped with three others to Philadelphia for Curt Schilling. The Phils converted him to starter in 2001, and during the next two years he tossed 415 innings with an ERA+ of 115. In October 2003, Pasilla survived a car crash that killed his driver. He pitched a less effective 262 innings during 2004-2005 due to tendonitis of the triceps and biceps. Padilla offers respectable peripherals across the board and a solid (though declining) ground/fly ratio. The arbitration-eligible Padilla earned $3.2 million in 2005 and didn’t pitch terribly, so Texas will dispense $4-5 million for his services. He ought to break camp as part of the rotation.
Obviously, the quality of this deal hinges on who the Rangers surrendered. Because of his rather large impending payday for 2006 and free agency afterwards, I don’t expect that Texas lost too much.
Posted by Lucas at December 12, 2005 06:57 PM