Saturday, August 08, 2009

Piss Off Padilla

Vicente Padilla went from swine flu to released...rough life recently. He must have really pissed people off in the Rangers organization, because they're in the middle of a playoff hunt and he's a high-paid mediocre starting pitcher. In 18 starts this season, Padilla posted a 4.98 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 108 innings pitched with a 8-6 record. Rangers will need to plug the 6 innings per start void that his release leaves open. Padilla signed a vastly unwarranted 3 year $33.75M deal before the 2007 season. He has a club option for $12M next season or a $1.75M buyout, so Texas is on the hook for some money yet. In 4 seasons with the Rangers he was 43-34, with a 4.90 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, in 599.1 ip, with 413 k's.

Like I said, he must have pissed someone off...Marlon Byrd- "It's about time. When a player disrupts a team, eventually there is going to come a time when management has enough. They have seen enough. We are fighting for a playoff spot. The last thing we need in the clubhouse is a distraction like that. There are 25 guys in this clubhouse who are behind management on this. They showed that they are serious. They did their job. That just serves as assurance that they are doing the right thing here.”

7 comments:

Burton said...

Well said! Although, I think the designation of mediocre is too polite.

GM-Carson said...

Yeah, he's on the verge of suck. I hold a soft spot in my heart for him though.

LynnieMac said...

Marlon Byrd, of course, knows all about being a clubhouse distraction. What with beating his girlfriend during the season several years back and all.

GM-Carson said...

Did he beat his girlfriend while with the Phils?

LynnieMac said...

If I'm remembering correctly (and I may not be - it's a little hazy), it was actually when he was in Scranton like days before he got called up to Philadelphia. Or maybe it was he up in Philly, got sent back down, slapped his girlfriend around, got called up. Like I said, it's a bit hazy.

Kurt Stallings said...

Byrd turned around when he joined the Rangers. I was very unhappy he was coming but now very glad he did. The grapevine has him as a real plus in the clubhouse. The word is he realized this was his last chance to do something more than bounce around from team to team screwing up, and he bore down and (so far) as done it. There was one glitch last year -- the infamous incident where he wanted to go challenge a broadcaster for remarks he made -- but when I actually heard what that guy said, I didn't blame him. It was so random, out of nowhere, just an extended shot at Byrd. Anyway -- he may crash and burn, but so far he's been a great team player for the Rangers.

GM-Carson said...

I always thought he was going to be a stud outfielder for years with the Phils.