Dodgers Focused On Pineiro, Padilla

WEDNESDAY, 11:22pm: Dylan Hernandez tweets that in addition to Pineiro and Padilla, the Dodgers have recently contacted the agents for Braden Looper and Garland.

WEDNESDAY, 7:06pm: The Dodgers are open to bringing back Padilla if they are unable to land Pineiro, a major league source told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

9:55am: It's been a quiet offseason for the Dodgers, as they've unloaded Juan Pierre while adding Jamey Carroll and a cast of minor league signings.  With Randy Wolf joining the Brewers, there's still a strong need to add a veteran starting pitcher.

The Dodgers' search is focused on Joel Pineiro and Vicente Padilla, reports MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.  Gurnick indicates they've backed off on Jon Garland.  The Dodgers are aiming for a one-year deal, which might put Pineiro out of reach.  Still, ESPN's Buster Olney wrote today that the Dodgers "are going through the process of getting approval for the funds necessary to make a Pineiro deal."  Ed Price of AOL FanHouse tweeted Monday that the Mets were talking to Pineiro about a two-year deal in the $15MM range, so it's probably a two-horse race. 

A reunion with Padilla seems likely, especially if his price starts to plummet.  Early in the offseason, interest was mutual.  The Dodgers' main competition appears to be the Cardinals, who are trying to stretch $6-7MM across several needs.


51 Responses to Dodgers Focused On Pineiro, Padilla Leave a Reply

  1. johannahahahaha 5 years ago

    yay pineiro

  2. bigpat 5 years ago

    I think he’d slot in perfectly at the #3 spot, they really need to sign a starter. If he comes at that price, he should be a bargain. I didn’t think he was worth anything near a 3/30 deal but I thought someone would give him one.

    • dodgers_suck 5 years ago

      i honestly don’t think pineiro will go to the dodgers unless they go beyond 1 year. i heard they’re thinking 1 year and the mets are going 2 yrs. interesting to see what happens.

    • dodgers_suck 5 years ago

      i honestly don’t think pineiro will go to the dodgers unless they go beyond 1 year. i heard they’re thinking 1 year and the mets are going 2 yrs. interesting to see what happens.

  3. Redbirds16 5 years ago

    The Cards will stand pat, I believe. I think the club likes having a little financial flexibility going into the season so they can address concerns as they arise. But setting that aside…

    The Cards from all reports could have easily moved on Ryan Church at the salary he received from the Pirates, but didn’t. Indicating to me that their either loyal to Ankiel (to some extent) or focusing on pitching. I’d think pitching would be best, an innings-eating groundball starter for ~ $4 million. A guy who could have a 5.00 ERA but will log 200 innings and pitch through his bad games and keep the club in the game often enough to win 12 games on the season.

    But I don’t imagine the Cards would complain about a LH OF bat off the bench, preferably one that can play CF in addition to the corners, which Ankiel provides. And who knows about working with McGwire, he’s gotten great reviews. And of course Chris Duncan is still out there.

    Finally there’s Lopez. I’ve heard tidbits about a bad clubhouse guy, but I don’t really know enough to make a judgment. But he would be an ideal solution. Plays infield. Serviceable corner outfielder. Switch hitter. Maybe some work with Oquendo (read fielding genius) and he’d be a wonderful addition to the club. Figures to get minimum 300 PA over the course of the year.

  4. riotmute 5 years ago

    They should really just pony up and sign Pinero, he would be a great addition to their rotation

  5. lableedsblue 5 years ago

    PInero would do well at Dodger stadium given his ground ball rate. Padilla can slide into that 5th spot, and it should be a solid rotation.
    Kershaw
    Bills
    Pinero
    Kuroda
    Padilla/McDonald

    • I like your rotate if Bills, and Kuroda stay healthy they have a chance to make it al the way to the W.S

    • bleedblueking 5 years ago

      best rotation proposal ive seen yet

  6. mochajoe 5 years ago

    Padilla to the Dodgers makes sense

  7. vtadave 5 years ago

    Dodgers have the money to go 2/15 on Pineiro, but who knows whether they will. It does make some sense considering Kuroda’s contract is up after next year to have Pineiro locked up through 2011.

    • oscargamble 5 years ago

      not with the mccourt’s divorce pending do they have the money

      • vtadave 5 years ago

        Not sure if you’re saying they don’t have the money or if you’re asking whether they do. Fact is, they do, but none of us know whether they will spend it.

  8. chemteck29 5 years ago

    No way the Dodgers can realisticly hope to sign Pineiro for 1 yr! Not going to happen, Padilla is far more likely.

  9. dodgerman16 5 years ago

    Dodgers are going to sign Padilla, he showed interest in coming back last year, and Padilla pitched very good for us this season. I’d have his as our 3rd starter…

    Kershaw
    Bills
    Padilla
    Kuroda
    Haegar/Elbert/Lindblom

  10. SmackSaw 5 years ago

    They need them both. Dodger fans deserve it.

    • dodgerdog9 5 years ago

      I totally agree!! If they can get Pineiro AND Padilla, it’ll be a solid rotation. Look at it this way, the Dodgers STILL wouldn’t have a dominant #1 starter, but they’d have a 5-man rotation made up of 2 #2’s and 3 #3’s. I’d be MORE than okay with that!

    • dodgerdog9 5 years ago

      I totally agree!! If they can get Pineiro AND Padilla, it’ll be a solid rotation. Look at it this way, the Dodgers STILL wouldn’t have a dominant #1 starter, but they’d have a 5-man rotation made up of 2 #2’s and 3 #3’s. I’d be MORE than okay with that!

  11. mrdodgerfan 5 years ago

    Im not getting my hopes up but a pineiro signing would be a good move but not great. I would rather dodgers sign sheets or hill rather then padilla. Imagine a rotation with a healthy sheets or hill or even Chien-Ming Wang
    Kershaw
    Bills
    Pinero
    Kuroda
    Sheets/Hill/Chien-Ming Wang/McDonald

    • waltersbigsley 5 years ago

      Dodgers need guys who are likely to stay healthy more than a high risk/reward gamble. Money too tight to take chances.

      • mrdodgerfan 5 years ago

        Every year the Dodgers are tight with money and in the case of pedilla is not if he can stay healthy its his off field problems. so you are taking a risk there and in pineiro’s record youll see its a risk as well. We truly in need of an ace and the only ones that can truly live up to that are sheets or hill . so no matter what your taking a risk with padilla ill rather take a chance on a high risk/high reward then a High risk/no reward with padilla just ask the rangers.

  12. waltersbigsley 5 years ago

    Order of Preference: It all depends on how much McCourt loosens the purse strings.Piniero + PadillaPiniero + 2bmanPadilla + 2bmanPinieroPadilla

  13. nycalexs26 5 years ago

    The mccourt divorce is really hurting the dodgers. The mets have more money to offer to pinero. The giants ,rockies and d backs must be loving how dodgers major moves off season are just minor league signings. If you havent pay attention the past two years the dodgers need a ace and dodgers fans kershaw and bills are not.I know one thing the dodgers are not getting past philles . Everybody talks about their teams having the best rotation. Just wait madsion Bumgarner arrive that a future ace pitching in 5th spot for the giants rotation.

  14. markjsunz 5 years ago

    Doubtful they are willing to give either one a payday. Mr.& Mrs. McCourt are going to rip each other to shreds in there divorce proceedings.We will be lucky if they do not have a fire sale before the season is over.

    • ThinkBlue10 5 years ago

      stop with all the BS that dodgers are going to have a fire sale, just stop because its getting ridiculous and annoying. If anything the dodgers will get sold.

      • markjsunz 5 years ago

        That is my opinion, you have no way of knowing anymore that is going to happen then I do. If you do not care for opinions other then your own stay off this site.

      • markjsunz 5 years ago

        That is my opinion, you have no way of knowing anymore that is going to happen then I do. If you do not care for opinions other then your own stay off this site.

  15. If they somehow land BOTH of these guys, look out!

    • I can’t tell if you’re being facetious or not but if not – two scrubs don’t make an ace.

  16. dodgers1111 5 years ago

    Dodgers will only sign them if they can defer money over the next 10 years.

  17. dire straits 5 years ago

    Hard to gather up genuine excitement over Dodgers focusing their attention on mediocre pitchers with less than stellar career numbers rather than guys like Sheets with high upside.

    • gunger69 5 years ago

      yeah with an injury prone guy like sheets? no way dude.

      • dire straits 5 years ago

        Vicente Padilla isn’t quite the rubber arm. He has a history of injuries too. I’ll call your Sheets’ injury prone statement and I’ll raise you Padilla’s nutcase history.

      • dire straits 5 years ago

        Vicente Padilla isn’t quite the rubber arm. He has a history of injuries too. I’ll call your Sheets’ injury prone statement and I’ll raise you Padilla’s nutcase history.

    • markjsunz 5 years ago

      Google Sheets numbers he is a three game over .500 pitcher. They would be better off taking a chance with a guy like padilla. He will come much cheaper.

    • markjsunz 5 years ago

      Google Sheets numbers he is a three game over .500 pitcher. They would be better off taking a chance with a guy like padilla. He will come much cheaper.

  18. Fallo 5 years ago

    He, he, the broke dodgers who signed Manny last year and drove almost 4mil, and not spend nothing, will surprise you with signing both, he…

  19. Fallo 5 years ago

    He, he, The Broke Dodgers who signed Manny last year, 4mil in attendance and had spent nada, will surprise you signing BOTH, he…

  20. bleedblueking 5 years ago

    the rangers didnt like padilla because none of them would talk to him or at least try, i believe noone on that club spoke spanish so he was completely alienated. here in LA he has furcal, bellisario etc. the dodgers are not looking for an ace there are non out there on the market, the only way i see the dodgers aquiring an “ace” is by aquiring at the trade deadline id say the mariners would be willing to give up lee, theres no way they can keep both hernandez and lee, dont think they will be contenders for the AL WEST this year.

    the dodgers wont be having a fire sale.

  21. To those saying the Dodgers have no ace, check Kershaw’s stats in 2009 (especially in the 2nd half):
    1) Pre-All Star: 7-5, 3.29 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 99/59 K:BB, 99.2 IP, .199 BA against
    2) Post-All Star: 1-3, 2.27 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 86/32 K:BB, 71.1 IP, .200 BA against

    His season FIP was 3.08, while his seasonal ERA was 2.79. Assuming he progresses somewhat next year (especially in the control department) one could assume even better stats. And he was exceptionally unlucky with 8 ND in 13 appearances in the second half – he could have easily won 5 or 6 of those decisions and had a much better record.

    Lastly, with a full season implementing that slider into his repertoire, he should easily put up excellent numbers.

    Try and tell any self-respecting Dodger fan that Kershaw isn’t their ace.

  22. jdkladsjl 5 years ago

    If the dodgers sign pinero and Padilla there rotation is solid once again. pinero will take the place of wolf and will put up solid numbers. Dodgers will need to resign Belliard or Hudson at 2nd and the Dodgers will be back in race. I wouldnt see why they couldnt win the West again

  23. Am I the only one that thinks whoever will sign the cheapest and take deferred payments will get the job? My money would be on Looper.

  24. optionn 5 years ago

    Wolf was a #1 starter for them. He got real unlucky with wins, but he was better than Kershaw. Kershaw is cheap and young making 400k a year thats why the Dodgers still have him around.

    • ThinkBlue10 5 years ago

      “Kershaw is cheap and young making 400k a year thats why the Dodgers still have him around.” yeah thats why we still have him around. its not because hes the future stud ace for us right? you idiot.

    • ThinkBlue10 5 years ago

      “Kershaw is cheap and young making 400k a year thats why the Dodgers still have him around.” yeah thats why we still have him around. its not because hes the future stud ace for us right? you idiot.

    • dire straits 5 years ago

      “Kershaw is cheap and young making 400k a year thats why the Dodgers still have him around.”
      Kidding, right?

    • dire straits 5 years ago

      “Kershaw is cheap and young making 400k a year thats why the Dodgers still have him around.”
      Kidding, right?

  25. dodgerdog9 5 years ago

    I agree with the people

  26. dodgerdog9 5 years ago

    I agree with the people

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