…and unlike in previous years, it’s a very good thing.
There was never any doubt that Padilla wasn’t getting an offer, and Barajas was also unlikely, but there was some concern that the inexplicable infatuation with Podsednik would continue after the club picked up their half of his mutual option, which he of course declined. Fortunately for us all, this brings us one step closer to a post-Podsednik world, though of course any of the three could still return next year.
The Dodgers added to their non-roster list for 2011 Tuesday, signing right-hander reliever Oscar Villarreal.
Villarreal has spent parts of six seasons in the National League but hasn’t pitched in the majors since part of 2008 with the Astros.
He has a career record of 24-15 with a 3.86 ERA, so it’s not like he was completely awful. Heck, last year in the Dodgers’ bullpen, that almost would have made him a star.
Villarreal, who turned 29 on Monday, was born in San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico, and still lives with his family in Monterrey. He spent last season with the Phillies’ triple-A Lehigh club, going 4-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 49 games.