Ned has spoken all winter about wanting to add another veteran starting pitcher and today, he got Vicente Padilla, who was even better than we expected when he came our way last season. He went 4-0 for us in the regular season, had our two best starts in the playoffs, and by all accounts of his teammates and coaches, exhibited none of the issues that seemingly plagued him in Texas.
As we noted in the news release, he’s won 14 or more games in four of the last eight seasons and the only other pitcher on the free agent market who can say that was Andy Pettitte.
I hope you all are as excited about this new addition as we are and I still don’t think we’re done. I know that Ned has talked a lot about shoring up the bench with another veteran player or two and I have full faith and confidence that he will.