LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a one-year, $2 million contract with right-hander Vicente Padilla, a source close to the situation said on Tuesday.
The deal is pending a physical, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
Padilla, who spent the past season and a half with the Dodgers before becoming a free agent this fall, presumably will pitch primarily out of the bullpen for the Dodgers, who already have five established starters, but he also would be a swing man who could step into the rotation if another starter is injured.
However, multiple sources also have said Padilla could be a candidate to fill the closer's role if Jonathan Broxton continues to struggle.
Padilla went 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA in 16 starts for the Dodgers last season, but he also missed significant time with two different injuries.
Padilla's contract also includes performance bonuses that could increase the value.