Red Sox, Vicente Padilla Moving Toward Deal

SATURDAY: Padilla is getting closer to a deal with Boston, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

THURSDAY: Despite the report that the Red Sox are “moving toward a deal” with Padilla, the Red Sox are merely “talking to [Padilla] among others” and there is “nothing to report” about the team’s interest, a major league source told Alex Speier of WEEI.com.  Padilla would be fit the mold of a buy-low pitcher for Boston and an industry source tells Speier that the right-hander is "healthy and throwing hard".

3:22pm: The Red Sox and Padilla are moving toward a deal, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets.

12:28pm: Two days after signing Aaron Cook, the Red Sox are scouting another low-risk righty looking to rebound from injury. Vicente Padilla took leave of his native Nicaraguan winter league yesterday in order to fly to Boston, where he will be checked over today by team doctors, reports Francisco Jarquín Soto at the Nicaraguan paper El Nuevo Diario.

Padilla made only nine appearances for the Dodgers in 2011, all in relief, before neck problems ended his season in June. He also briefly took over the closer's job from Jonathan Broxton, though in recent years the 34-year-old has been a swingman and spot starter (he thrived in the role as recently as 2010). He has reportedly been hitting 95-96 mph with his fastball this winter in Nicaragua, and has said he wants to fight for a rotation spot. Seeing as the Red Sox have no shortage of hard-throwing righties in their revamped pen, Padilla could get his wish if his health permits.


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78 Comments on "Red Sox, Vicente Padilla Moving Toward Deal"


start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

All beer and fried chicken jokes aside, part of the problem for the Sox last year was clubhouse issues… isn’t Padilla considered a clubhouse cancer?

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

He was great with the Dodgers by all accounts.

Whole_New_World
3 years 6 months ago

Padilla is a lot like Pierzynski. Loud, opinionated, abrasive, damn competitive. He’ll work out fine in some clubhouses, but others, not so much. Should be OK in Boston.

RBIBaseball
3 years 6 months ago

Oh excellent, we all get to see Mark Teixeira rip Vicente Padilla’s head off when he hits him with a pitch.

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 6 months ago

I opened this article JUST to say that same thing. I believe Cano, Granderson, and Tex had about 11-13 hbp last season. I can see Adam Jones, who had 9, and Bautista (just cuz) getting whacked as well.

Furthermore, under Fracona’s management, Sox pitchers hit a staggering 620+ batters, which is over 50 more than the second place team in that time. Maybe things will change now?

#obscurestats

Cory J. Settoon
3 years 6 months ago

Eh, at least we are getting tons of depth. This time we need to keep it for the whole season.

PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

Padilla isn’t depth.  He’s a waste of a roster space IMO.  His ERA will plummet.  No way he will help us compete with the Yank’s rotation.

On another note, why are my posts being moderated here for no reason?

redsx968
3 years 6 months ago

The Sox NEED a veteran starter. I don’t see the Sox going after a stud pitcher like the Yanks did. They won’t get the the Yankees’ staff’s level, but a solid Beckett and Lester with a Bucholtz bounceback from injury plus a veteran starter and a young armwould be alright- they could at least hold the fort. I’d like to see the Sox go after some polished college arms in the draft though. 

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

Why do they need a veteran starter?  Beckett is definitely a veteran, and Lester isn’t exactly a rookie.  Having a veteran starter isn’t exactly a must anyway, ask the Rays.

Sully65
3 years 6 months ago

need experienced starters to cover injuries, nothing wrong with these guys doing their thing with pawsox

BoSoXaddict
3 years 6 months ago

Well one of them is likely to end up the #5 starter..

GlassJawn
3 years 6 months ago

Padilla getting his fastball at 96mph?  Surprised Padilla would want to pitch at Fenway considering how much he hates hitters parks.

oleary25
3 years 6 months ago

I think it’s a great idea on a minor league contract. What does it hurt to take a look at a guy in spring training ? He’d be fantastic if healthy as a swing man ala Aceves.

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 6 months ago

With all the guys they have signed recently the Red Sox need about a thousand pair of eyes to take a look at all of them.

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 6 months ago

Then they will recruit a thousand pair of eyes to look at them…although I sense a slightly inaccuracy in your calculation.

jgmaynard
3 years 6 months ago

+1. Kudos, good sir…

3 years 6 months ago

Desperation is in the air.

Leonard Washington
3 years 6 months ago

I know right bullpen arm/starting pitcher depth……so desperate…..mmmm no. Sign Edwin Jackson to a five year deal…..thats desperate.

Zach
3 years 6 months ago

Exactly. Padilla would be a nice depth pickup, could help in the rotation and pen as well..

East Coast Bias
3 years 6 months ago

I love how Red Sox fans are taking the same position they bashed the Yankee fans for taking last year.

(not you, I don’t think you were here last year, but Boston fans in general)

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

True story: I said the same thing a year ago when Yankees fans complained about Sox fans bashing the Colon and Garcia signing.

Given, I personally thought the Garcia and Colon signings were smart moves last year, but Yankees fans were all over us in ’09 when we signed Penny and Smoltz and all over us when we signed Silva.

East Coast Bias
3 years 6 months ago

Are you saying next year it’s our turn again?

Come on down Livan Hernandez!

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

Likewise I find it amusing that some yankee fans are bashing the Red Sox for doing what their team did last year.

Not you, but in general 😉

It’s a kinda funny. These are very typical small market team moves, signing potential talent on minor league deals, and yet if either the Red Sox or yanks make them our fanbases laugh at each other. Gotta love the hypocrisy coming from both of our fanbases.

East Coast Bias
3 years 6 months ago

Word! Fortunately, people like you and I know that adding depth is a good move regardless if you wear red or pinstripes. Now if you wear red pinstripes, then we got a problem (Phillies) haha

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

I talk about the hypocrisy quite a bit myself. High payroll, “joke of a ballpark”, Tainted championships, Bad fans, the list goes on and on.

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

Employed that drunk David Wells…

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

lol now TBS has to deal with him.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

This sign makes sense.. Padilla that is.. Cook might make sense also, ditto Carlson, Hill.. The rest of those supposed “depth” moves are pretty much blocking moves with no intent, other than get in the way of other people who deserve the AB’s more.

It is funny how some will hammer all the signs who could pay off however..

Leonard Washington
3 years 6 months ago

I’ve been here for a couple years now. I was not one of those people.

chris_synan1
3 years 6 months ago

ya i know…we are bringing in small pieces who can produce and add depth to the rotation or bullpen just like the yankees did with Colon and Garcia and they were sucessful

Sully65
3 years 6 months ago

No desperation is having to trade for Bruce Chen because you are out of pitchers for a possible playoff game. Good added depth

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 6 months ago

The guy’s a headcase but he’s got a great arm. On a minor league deal, he might be a good investment for Boston.

rickjimbo
3 years 6 months ago

Aceves was also someone who was dubbed a ‘headcase’ when the Yankees non-tendered him (moreso the injury concerns but that was part of the media discussion when he was brought on board last winter). If Padilla can provide 1/4 of the rubber arm ability Aceves has shown he could be extremely valuable over the course of the season

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 6 months ago

Padilla was pretty hated by his teammates in Texas. He used to get them drilled all the time.

I don’t think it’ll be an issue, especially given the fact he needs a contract.

SixAces
3 years 6 months ago

When was Aceves dubbed a “headcase”? Never even heard of that story.

rickjimbo
3 years 6 months ago

That was how we was introduced by many of the local Boston news media (Cafardo, Silverman) that he had “attitude issues” while on the Yankees and the final straw leading up to him being non-tendered was being in a off-season bicycle accident breaking his collarbone. At least that was the commentary during spring training.

During the season it was often mentioned how would often cross up Varitek because sometimes he would throw whatever pitch he originally intended too often leading to an excess of visits to the mound. So no he was not described as a head case per say but he certainly has a hard edged / goofy makeup

3 years 6 months ago

I followed him with the Dodgers and I don’t ever remember him being referred to as a “head case” or a “club house cancer”.  It’s actually just the opposite.  He was a hard worker who was ready to pitch when called upon.  He’s a great addition to any team. 

RBIBaseball
3 years 6 months ago

Its not so much that, its more like rather than walking a batter he would hit them intentionally so that the walks wouldn’t hurt his stats. He did that a lot with the Rangers. Since its the AL, when the opposing pitcher retaliates for their batters they hit the other team’s hitters and not the pitcher like in the NL. A lot of hitters on the Rangers disliked him for that, especially Teixeira. Once he went to the NL, he couldn’t do that anymore.

Casor_Greener
3 years 6 months ago

he intentionally hit batters so the walks wouldn’t hurt his stats….

it’s amazing what people  come up with in regards to player’s mentalities

RBIBaseball
3 years 6 months ago

I’m not making that up Mark Teixeira himself said it in a post game interview.

ellisburks
3 years 6 months ago

Also he shot himself. Wait, is that headcase or injury history?

3 years 6 months ago

If my memory serves me correctly it was a complete accident either he shot himself or his friend shot him while attempting to clean a gun that was thought to be unloaded all be it you should always check the chamber to see if there is a round in it.

CAD_Monkey
3 years 6 months ago

Still my favorite MLBTR quote, after the Dodgers signed him for the ’10 season:

“Padilla’s ’09 injury ledger included forearm tightness, a strained
shoulder, a bruised palm, swine flu, and a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

At least none of those are conditions that are likely to be chronic, I guess?

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 6 months ago

Depends on the gun. :)

VivaJackMurphy
3 years 6 months ago

Neither side has been to the postseason since 2009, so it seems like a good match. 

toddcoffeytime
3 years 6 months ago

Not sure why 95-96 MPH and a reasonably good track record has not drawn more interest, seems like this would be a good depth move for a lot of teams.

Leonard Washington
3 years 6 months ago

Solid depth signing. Could be useful out the pen.

Disgustedfan
3 years 6 months ago

Oh no the Nicaraguan head hunter is back. Oh no

Gumby65
3 years 6 months ago

Nightstalker was actually a decent clubhouse guy while in LA; only person he shot during his tenure was himself, and I don’t even recall him throwing at himself in retaliation.

cyberboo
3 years 6 months ago

When Padilla was in Texas, he didn’t throw as hard, but he couldn’t control what he threw, resulting in the nickname, the headhunter.  He has beaned many players during his career and now that his velocity is around 95, he could kill someone.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

I like how people get that name headhunter, when nobody in the last 40 years I can remember was nearly as bad as Ryan for intentionally throwing at other people’s heads and not just that but throwing BEHIND a player’s head so they would instinctively back into the pitch.

Ryan did it on purpose and with malice, long after he got his control down some, yet was rarely tossed from games. Dwight Evans quit playing in games Ryan pitched in after getting beaned once from Ryan, yet so many look up to a guy who threw 100mph and tried to kill people.

sdsny
3 years 6 months ago

Good pitcher, good depth signing for the Red Sox if he keeps his head on straight.  Every team feels like they can deal with a player, then they find out they can’t.  2 most recent players that come to mind are Gary Sheffield and Milton Bradley.  Sheffield wore out his welcome everywhere he went.

chris_synan1
3 years 6 months ago

his numbers look well

chris_synan1
3 years 6 months ago

Ben Cherington is doing good putting in small pieces who can produce

3 years 6 months ago

is not even signed yet, and people are already bashing it?

3 years 6 months ago

anyways, THE PADILLA FLOTILLA in fenway? it could be fun to see…