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Cardinals check in on Padilla

The Cardinals are supposedly amongst the favorites to sign pitcher Vincente Padilla who finished last season with the Dodgers after the Rangers asked him to just go away.

Padilla was 6-10 with a 5.76 ERA for Texas in 2007 and somehow managed a 14-8 record while giving up 4.74 earned runs a game in 2008. Last season he was 8-6 with a 4.72 ERA when Texas released him and he signed with the Dodgers down the stretch. There Padilla was 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 39 1/3 innings that included seven starts.

In the post season he threw a seven-inning, four-hit shutout at the Cardinals en route to the Dodgers sweep of St. Louis. But the magic ran out against his first team, Philadelphia, which cuffed him around to the tune of seven earned runs in 10 1/3 innings spread out over two starts.

Padilla earned $12 million in 2009 and had an option for the same in 2010. Instead the Rangers opted for a $1.75 buyout. I couldn't imagine the Cardinals offering Padilla more than a one-year contract for more than $6 million.