Jimmy Rollins spent the first six seasons of his career as Vicente Padilla’s teammate in Philadelphia before the right-hander left on a sour note in 2005.
Padilla is now back in his life as the Dodgers’ starter for Game 2 of the NLCS and Rollins likes the Phillies’ chances:
I don’t know what you’re going to get from Padilla. I’ve been behind him. If he’s good, he’s good. If he’s not, he’s way off. He definitely can [get rattled]. It really depends on how we approach him, if his team scores obviously he becomes more confident. If we get out there early we could probably get in his head and make him throw a lot of pitches.
Padilla has faced the Phillies just once since being traded to the Rangers, as Rollins and company knocked him around for seven runs in six innings last season.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.