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Dodgers having 2nd thoughts on Padilla?

Vicente Padilla

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Vicente Padilla throws to the plate during the first inning ofa baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune is reporting/theorizing that the L.A. Dodgers are re-thinking the whole idea of re-signing pitcher Vicente Padilla in the offseason.

According to Rogers, the Dodgers are “asking hard questions” about the incident last week in which Padilla shot himself in the leg (or was shot by his bodyguard) in what was apparently an accident in his native Nicaragua.

Padilla was let go by the Rangers last season, and there was plenty of talk of him being a negative presence in the clubhouse. Now with the shooting and the lack of clarity behind what happened, it’s understandable if the Dodgers are getting cold feet. It certainly seems unlikely Padilla will receive the $12 million he made last season, from the Dodgers or anyone else.

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