Phillies get Ricardo Rodriguez from Texas

Dec. 19, 2005 at 6:52 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Phillies got right-handed pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers Monday to complete the Vicente Padilla trade.

Rodriguez, a 27-year-old, four-year veteran, has a 10-15 career record with a 5.18 ERA for Cleveland and Texas. He was 2-3 with a 5.53 ERA in 12 games in 2005.

Padilla was originally traded to Texas for a player to be named earlier this off-season.

Padilla, 28, was 49-45 overall in Philadelphia and represented the final piece of the four-for-one trade that sent Curt Schilling to Arizona in July 2000. Philadelphia also received Travis Lee, Omar Daal and Nelson Figueroa in the trade.

Padilla joins a Rangers rotation that lost Kenny Rogers, who signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers last Monday. In 2005, Texas' pitching staff finished 26th in Major League Baseball with a 4.96 earned run average.

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