Padilla re-signs with the Texas Rangers

Dec. 9, 2006 at 6:52 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Right-handed pitcher Vicente Padilla Saturday agreed to a three-year contract to stay with the Texas Rangers.

The deal is worth close to $34 million for the first three years, and includes $12 million if the Rangers decide to extend it to a fourth, the Dallas Morning News reported.

"It's exciting to have Vicente back in the fold for the next few years," said Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels in a release. "He was a horse for us last year, and demonstrated he can pitch and win in our park."

Padilla, a native of Nicaragua, was 15-10 with a 4.50 ERA, 70 walks and 156 strikeouts in 200 innings last season.

He has a career mark of 66-61 in eight big league seasons, with an ERA of 4.06, and also has pitched for Philadelphia and Arizona.

Last season was his first with the Rangers.

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