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good AAA numbers last year though, and isn't the PCL a hitters' league? not real exciting, but he could be one of those guys who gets hit-lucky one season and puts together a good year.

Positive thinking, ae. I'll play along.

That's a good line for PCL. A move to the NL and away from Texas will not hurt. The other positive of course is that Gillick has added yet another young-ish arm.

He was featured on some show I saw once following some Dominican baseball players trying to make it to the bigs. I forget what show it was and where I saw it but yeah.

ach, we can rationalize his AAA numbers and Texas-linked problems all we want, but fact is, we threw away Padilla purely for clubhouse/attitude reasons ($4 is pretty darn cheap nowadays!)... I loved Padilla's stuff, but I can see why we make this trade. That said, it bugs me that we have absolutely nothing to show for Rolen and Schilling once being Phillies.

ach, we can rationalize his AAA numbers and Texas-linked problems all we want, but fact is, we threw away Padilla purely for clubhouse/attitude reasons ($4 is pretty darn cheap nowadays!)... I loved Padilla's stuff, but I can see why we make this trade. That said, it bugs me that we have absolutely nothing to show for Rolen and Schilling once being Phillies.

we traded a head case for an arm case. really nothing to be excited about here.

As usual, we on the decided outside have no clue as to what Gillick et al are really thinking in the Padilla for Rodriguez deal. There may be another installment of this transaction down the road or this may be it. If this is it, it looks like a perfect ending to the original Schilling deal in which the Phils gave up more than they got. Padilla should have started the season in Phila. in some capacity and been available for a trade by mid-season when, depending of course on how he'd done up to that point, he would have remained valuable to the Phils or to some contender out there. The current deal with Texas looks like one in which the Phils just wanted out no matter what the cost.

i agree goodman, i think this was a bailout move on a guy who's very ungillick.

From Baseball America's trade central, on Rodriguez...

"The top prospect in the Dodgers system in 2002 before being traded to the Indians that summer and Rangers the next, Rodriguez showed real promise in 2004, going 3-1, 2.03 in 28 innings with the Rangers. But a line drive off the bat of Angels third baseman Robb Quinlan shattered his right elbow and ended his season, and his performance declined as 2005 progressed. Rodriguez went 7-3, 2.91 at Triple-A Oklahoma, earning a promotion to the big leagues, where his ERA jumped every month until he landed on the DL again with a right shoulder bruise. He finished 2-3, 5.53 in 57 innings with Texas last year. When healthy, Rodriguez pitches aggressively with a low-to-mid-90s fastball and a good slider."

If he throws low to mid 90's with a good slider for us, that sounds like a potential bullpen arm to me.

Here's the moment that RicRod stopped being an effective pitcher for Texas:

http://www.rangerfans.com/schedule/2004results/Jul/072204.html

That was when he was nailed on the arm by Robb Quinlan. Before that, he was quite good, I don't have the numbers handy, but I remember him doing pretty well numbers wise.

He was better as a starter for us than as a reliever, if I remember right. He did pitch in 2005, and was "OK", but not anywhere near the way he was in 2004 before he got hit.

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