Dodgers Sign Vicente Padilla for One Year at $5 Million

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIJanuary 21, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 21:  Vicente Padilla #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The Dodgers have re-signed Vicente Padilla to a one-year, $4 million dollar contract. He will also receive a $1 million dollar signing bonus.

The 32 year old Padilla finished the 2009 season off strong, posting a 3.40 ERA in the final eight games. But many doubt he will play that well to start off this season.

He gave up one run in 14 innings during the 2009 postseason games against the Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals, but blew it when he gave up six runs in 3 innings Oct. 21, in Philadelphia.

Padilla's numbers have been mediocre at best.

Padilla's signing leaves a battle for the No. 5 spot in the rotation that will be hotly contested by Scott Elbert, James McDonald, Charlie Haeger, Eric Stults, and others.

He may be a comforting sight for some Dodgers' fans, but try to be realistic—an inhouse option may have been the better solution.