Is Vicente Padilla on the Cubs Radar?

Are the Cubs really considering Vicente Padilla? The Dodgers apparently chose to move on from Vicente Padilla on Friday when they inked Jon Garland to a one-year deal. The addition of Garland gives the Dodgers the potential of a very good rotation but as ESPN pointed out, the signing of Garland reduced the market for Vicente Padilla.

According to a report from the Sun-Times nine days ago, the Cubs spoke with the agent for Vicente Padilla during the GM meetings … along with the agents for Aaron Harang, Javier Vazquez and Jeremy Bonderman. While Padilla fits the need of a veteran starter the Cubs would like to fill this winter, he isn’t exactly an innings eater.

Vicente Padilla is coming off an injury-shortened season with the Dodgers. Padilla made only 16 starts and completed just 95 innings while earning more than $5 million. Padilla posted a 6-5 record with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP (84 strikeouts and 24 walks with 79 hits surrendered).

The last time Padilla completed 200 innings was in 2006 and before that it was 2003 … the last season he started more than 25 games was back in 2007 with the Rangers and that was only 29 games.

Depending on the report, Jim Hendry has anywhere from $5 to $8 million left to spend on his roster for 2011, without dealing one of his high-priced veterans.

If the reports are accurate, spending any amount on a starting pitcher that cannot give Mike Quade at least 180 innings (and 30 starts) is not a good way to allocate what limited funds remain for next season.

Finally, it would be interesting to hear what Marlon Byrd has to say about signing Vicente Padilla. If Padilla did not forget what happened in Texas, it is hard to think Byrd would have by now … especially after the reminder Byrd was given by Padilla last season.

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