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Dodgers reach agreement with Vicente Padilla at $4 million [update]

January 21, 2010 | 11:46 am

Padilla Vicente Padilla underwent a physical examination this morning to finalize a one-year contract for $4 million with the Dodgers.

Padilla will earn a base salary $4.025 million and a $1 million signing bonus that he will receive in 2011. He can earn an addition $1 million in incentives based on innings pitched.

A reputed troublemaker in Texas, Padilla was released by the Rangers in August. He was signed by the Dodgers later that month and was 4-0 with a 3.20 earned-run average for them.

Padilla pitched seven shutout innings in the Dodgers’ series-clinching victory over St. Louis in the opening round of the playoffs. He held Philadelphia to one run over 7 1/3 innings of a victory in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, but was pounded for six runs in three innings in a Game 5 defeat that resulted in the Dodgers’ elimination.

Padilla found himself back in the headlines in November, when he was shot by his bodyguard at a shooting range in his native Nicaragua.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Vicente Padilla. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times