Padilla's a big risk for Rangers
Texas felt it needed to sign two starting pitchers if it had a chance to contend in 2007, and re-signing Padilla puts the Rangers halfway toward that goal. Padilla did pitch reasonably well in 2006, reaching 200 innings for the first time since '03 and avoiding the gopher-ball problems that plague a lot of pitchers in Texas' small ballpark. The Rangers also get a bit of a break by committing to Padilla for only three years in a market where Ted Lilly and Gil Meche are both expected to get four-year deals.
However, Padilla is an extremely risky signing even when compared to similar starters. He's had arm trouble in recent years, with a delivery that doesn't give a lot of confidence that he'll stay healthy for the next three years. He's also had off-field problems, including a drinking problem that caused several teams in the market for a starter to shy away from him. (Padilla has largely denied having a drinking problem, although he has made reference to drinking too much and running with the wrong crowd.)
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