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Monday, December 12, 2005

Rangers - Acquired Padilla

Texas Rangers - Acquired P Vicente Padilla from the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named.

The Phillies have grown impatient with Padilla’s health the last few years, so they’re just dumping him for what they can get.  This leaves the rotation as Myers/Lidle/Lieber/Madson with probably either Gavin Floyd or Rob Tejeda being the #5 starter.  The weak link gets tossed to the pen in August if Randy Wolf actually comes back and nobody else’s injured.

Padilla is worth a flier for the Rangers, who are obviously always in the need for starters with upside.  The only Ranger starter who has a completely guaranteed spot in the rotation at this point is Chris Young.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Vicente Padilla
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W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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10 11 27 27 157 169   87 21 57 98 4.99

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 12, 2005 at 09:29 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. 1k5v3L Posted: December 12, 2005 at 09:48 PM (#1774033)
padilla's downfall: he practiced his "these pretzels are making me thirsty" line a few times too often.
   2. Kyle S Posted: December 12, 2005 at 10:13 PM (#1774094)
I used to be terrified of this guy when he was slated to face the Braves. Shoulder injuries (isn't that what he had?) suck.
   3. Spiritualized Posted: December 12, 2005 at 10:22 PM (#1774110)
Love this trade for the Phils. They get rid of an underachieving head case with a bad arm. Wade would've chickened out and offered arbitration. Instead, Uncle Buck will pay Padilla more than $4 million to go 8-11 in 175 innings with a 5.15 ERA and one trip to the DL.

Any idea who the PTBNL is?
   4. Johnny Zen Posted: December 12, 2005 at 10:27 PM (#1774123)
Elbow tendinitis, in 2005. He also missed time in 2004.
   5. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 12, 2005 at 10:36 PM (#1774155)
If you had told me three years ago that this would happen, I would have laughed in your face. It's a fickle game, ain't it?
   6. Spike Owen 10/2/1987 Posted: December 12, 2005 at 10:50 PM (#1774192)
Hate this trade for the Phils (actually I'm waiting to see what the Phils get).

Padilla was very good the second half, his ERA was 3.63. I think Padilla beats that ZIPS, Texas or not. This is one case where "change of scenery" should be a major help. My guess is 180 innings, 4.20 ERA, and yes, one trip to the DL.

I thought the arbitration deadline was passed, doesn't that mean Padilla was already offered arbitration? The bad first half would have kept his $ down. $4 million would be perfectly reasonable. His ERA+ was 96, even with the terrible first half, and his upside is significant.

My Phillies-fan friends considered Padilla as a possible closer.
   7. GregD Posted: December 12, 2005 at 11:16 PM (#1774232)
Different arbitration deadline for players like Padilla who weren't on the verge of free agency but instead of the decision of arbitration or non-tender.
   8. Spivey Posted: December 12, 2005 at 11:24 PM (#1774246)
The only Ranger starter who has a completely guaranteed spot in the rotation at this point is Chris Young.

I've heard Jon Daniels talk and Loe and Juan Dominguez are pretty much guaranteed SP slots. This is basically what was said by Hart when he was in power too.
   9. Honkie Kong Posted: December 12, 2005 at 11:32 PM (#1774263)
Is it getting close to the time that Showalter should be fired? I guess once they pick up some pitching, they should go ahead and just fire BS.
   10. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: December 20, 2005 at 07:48 AM (#1785932)
   11. Russ Posted: December 20, 2005 at 02:12 PM (#1786028)
The only Ranger starter who has a completely guaranteed spot in the rotation at this point is Chris Young.

[Forgeting] Pirates and [forgeting] David Littlefield.
   12. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 20, 2005 at 03:02 PM (#1786063)
"We're trying to add more depth to our pitching staff and give Charlie more people to look at in spring training," said Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, referring to manager Charlie Manuel.

Even though the girth of Padilla was worrisome, I like him as depth better than Rodriguez as depth. I guess the combination of saving $3-4M and dumping a head case (or case drinker) is what is behind this trade.
   13. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 20, 2005 at 03:56 PM (#1786113)
"[Forgeting] Pirates and [forgeting] David Littlefield."

Seconded.

I actually like this deal quite a lot for the Rangers. Padilla's a better value than any comparable FA, and the cost was pretty minimal.
   14. Von Hayes Posted: December 20, 2005 at 05:02 PM (#1786213)
I would say very good trade for the Rangers. Padilla pitched extremely well in 2002 and 2003. The last two years have been marred by injuries. As mentioned above, his second half ERA was pretty good. The one caveat being, he does have a problem keeping the ball in the park. Don't know if Arlington is the best place for that.

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