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Dodgers on the verge of a new deal with Vicente Padilla

December 7, 2010 |  7:57 am

The Dodgers are close to re-signing Vicente Padilla to a one-year deal worth $2 million plus incentives, according to a baseball source with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The opening day starter last season, Padilla will return as a swing man for the Dodgers, who went into the winter meetings with their five-man rotation already set. Because of his stuff and makeup, Padilla is also viewed as an option to close if Jonathan Broxton doesn’t regain his All-Star form.

That Padilla would agree to such a deal is somewhat of a surprise. While neck and arm trouble limited him to 16 starts last season, Padilla was expected to be able to land a spot in someone’s rotation because of the low supply and high demand for starting pitching.

-- Dylan Hernandez in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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