Padilla and Hernandez Have Nothing to Offer

August 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm 1 comment

Vicente PadillaLivan Hernandez

Check your favorite site for transactions over the last week. You will see some minor moves, some call-ups, some trades, and two awful pitchers signed. Yes Dodgers, you made a bad decision in signing Vicente Padilla, and yes Nationals, you signed possibly the worst starter in the majors in Livan Hernandez.

The NL West contending Los Angeles Dodgers decided to fill a rotation spot by signing Vicente Padilla. The same Vicente Padilla that had a 4.92 ERA on the season for the contending Texas Rangers. The same Padilla that has not posted an ERA under 4.50 since 2003.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Joe Torre has run his bullpen to the ground and needs a starter to eat innings so he can rest his bullpen. Padilla is not the answer. I doubt Padilla will make it past five innings in his first start as a Dodger, which is in Colorado. Not good.

Mike Rizzo’s first free agent signing as full-time GM for the Washington Nationals might end up beign the worst player he ever signs as the Nats’ GM. He went out and got the most hittable pitcher he could possibly find in Livan Hernandez.

Hernandez owns the worst whip in the majors at 1.59, the worst ERA in the NL (3rd worst in the majors), the 3rd worst K/BB rate in the NL (5th worst in the majors), and the 5th highest line-drive percentage in the NL (7th worst in the majors). He also has a .312 BAA this season and had a ridiculous .342 BAA in 2008 to go with his 6.05 ERA that same season.

The Nationals are on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Dodgers. The Dodgers have everything to lose. The Nats, on the other hand, have nothing to lose but the shot at Bryce Harper in next year’s draft. Maybe Mike Rizzo’s first signing as GM is for good reason, he may be investing in his 2010 draft to ensure he gets the first overall pick. Ned Colletti’s signing, on the other hand, is for no good reason at all.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. jorge  |  July 12, 2010 at 2:57 am

    I just saw a link for this. You were way off on Padilla. haha

    He’s been an absolute monster for us.


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