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Dodgers and Vicente Padilla near deal

Pad_240 The Dodgers are "very" close to acquiring pitcher Vicente Padilla, according to a source with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk about the matter.

The Dodgers can sign Padilla for a prorated share of the major-league minimum salary of $400,000. 

The Texas Rangers, who released Padilla on Monday, are on the hook for the remainder of his $12-million salary and the $1.75-million buyout on his option for 2010.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Vicente Padilla throws against the Houston Astros on June 18. Photo credit: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images.

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