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Dodgers clearly value Padilla

The veteran right-hander with a respectable ERA, earned contract by showing he can still pitch at a high level

Updated: January 21, 2010, 6:22 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Five months ago, when the Dodgers initially plucked Vicente Padilla from baseball's scrap heap in hopes of bolstering their starting rotation for the stretch run, they weren't entirely sure what they were getting. By the time they signed Padilla again this morning, this time to a one-year, $5.025 million contract to be their fourth starter, that much hadn't changed.

What had changed in the interim was this: Padilla, a veteran right-hander with a career mark of 98-85 and a respectable 4.33 ...

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