Vicente Padilla signs with Dodgers

Update: 4:43pm – Dodgers sign Padilla. [Source]

Update: 2:55pm – Dodgers “very close” to signing Padilla. [Source]

Update: 11:20am – Dodgers could sign Padilla as early as this afternoon for 100k, a prorated amount from the league minimum. This could be a very good thing for the Dodgers, Padilla would be pitching for a contender as well as a contact next year. A win/win for the Dodgers, and a win/win for Padilla, assuming he can answer the call. [Source]

With right-hander Hiroki Kuroda’s future availability still uncertain, the Dodgers have reversed course and have made Vicente Padilla “a consideration,” according to a source who has spoken with Padilla’s agents, Adam Katz and Paul Kinzer.

Initially, the Dodgers had decided not to pursue Padilla, who was officially released this week by Texas after being designated for assignment earlier this month. However, that was before Kuroda experienced post-concussion symptoms after being hit in the head by a line drive Saturday in Arizona.

Now the Dodgers are talking with Kinzer about Padilla, who pitched five shutout innings against the Dodgers in June during interleague play. And it’s possible a deal could be reached as early as Wednesday afternoon.

The Dodgers would owe Padilla less than $100,000 for the rest of the season — a prorated portion of the minimum salary. The Rangers are responsible for the remainder of Padilla’s $12 million salary this season. [Source]

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