San Diego Padres: Five players who also played for the hated Dodgers

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San Diego Padres, Fernando Valenzuela
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4. Fernando Valenzuela

The Dodgers acquired Fernando Valenzuela in 1979 and was named the Opening Day starter for the 1980 season in place of the injured Jerry Reuss.

He was a regular in the rotation for the next ten years, posting a career 3.31 ERA and collected both the Cy Young and NL Rookie of the Year Awards in 1981.

He spent time with the California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, and Philadelphia Phillies before landing with the Padres in 1995. In 2.5 seasons, Valenzuela posted a 4.22 ERA in 59 starts while striking out 203 batters in 328.1 innings.

Clearly, in the twilight of his career, Valenzuela was traded to the Cardinals in 1997 and retired after the season.