Red Sox To Sign Vicente Padilla

1:44pm: Padilla received a minor league deal that pays $1.5MM in the Majors, reports the Boston Herald.    

11:34am: The Red Sox reached an agreement with righty Vicente Padilla, tweets Peter Gammons of MLB Network.  Boston's interest in Padilla was first reported by Francisco Jarquín Soto at the Nicaraguan paper El Nuevo Diario two days ago.  Padilla is represented by Wasserman Media Group.

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Padilla (pictured) made only nine appearances for the Dodgers in 2011, all in relief, before neck problems ended his season in June. He 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 as a starter 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.  Aaron Cook and Carlos Silva are expected to be part of that fifth starter battle.

Aside from his injury history, Padilla brings the baggage of a 2006 DWI and a reputation as a headhunter.

Nick Collias contributed to this post.  Photo courtesy of Icon SMI.


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184 Comments on "Red Sox To Sign Vicente Padilla"


3 years 7 months ago

Thank God the Yankees signed Kuroda! If they only traded for Pineda, and the Sox signed Padilla, they’d be done!!

3 years 7 months ago

why padilla is not very good

Benny
3 years 7 months ago

You missed the sarcasm sign.

3 years 7 months ago

funny how Bobby V is saying there was no improvement to the yankees rotation, and yet his rotation is in question it self. and i think id take pineda and kuroda over cook,padilla, and silva any day.

Yankees420
3 years 7 months ago

Who wouldn’t?

Wek
3 years 7 months ago

Bobby V wouldn’t.

leachim2
3 years 7 months ago

Decent signing for a minor league deal. He’s not great but not terrible. Solid pickup.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah, this would be a great minor league deal.  Haven’t seen any indication that it is, though.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

I would take him (especially at Fenway) over Maholm and he somehow got 5m in guaranteed money.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

I would take him (especially at Fenway) over Maholm and he somehow got 5m in guaranteed money.

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months ago

I’m getting more and more confident Oswalt is going to fall right into the Cardinals lap.

3 years 7 months ago

The Cardinals continue to downplay interest in Oswalt, and as much as I’d like him here, there really isn’t a fit. Maybe as a 3 mil reliever, but that role likely doesn’t seem very desirable to Oswalt.

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t know how he isn’t a fit. The team could still use an upgrade and the only real option left to upgrade is the 5th starter spot. If Oswalt signs, he will start.

I understand when people say the upgrade isn’t worth the cost of what they would have to pay Oswalt and either pay Westbrook or eat of his contract to move him. I even agree, but if that difference in money is just going to sit in Dewitt’s pocket, I would rather have the upgrade.

St. Louis was one of the few places he would accept a trade to a couple years ago. I would think the Cardinals are still appealing to him. Chance for a championship and a nice place to rebuild his value. With him wanting a one year deal, I think he’s a great fit.

3 years 7 months ago

You Red Sox fans better get used to brawls cause Padilla loves to drill opposing batters. He was constantly doing it here in Texas.

Chris Barrows
3 years 7 months ago

Yankees/Red Sox just got more interesting? 

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Tex and paddilla hate eachother so prob

3 years 7 months ago

woohoo more excitement in a rivalry. either way yankees will win the division

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Ummmmm awesome. I’ve always hoped we could find ways to make the rivalry into a Bruins/Canadiens game. 

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

So much better than signing Oswalt, right?

dc21892
3 years 7 months ago

It’s about adding DEPTH.

3 years 7 months ago

that is true, between the sox and yankees their pitchers get hurt more then any other teams pitchers. thats why i hope the yanks hold on to garcia and hughes. 1-4 rotation is set (sabathia,pineda, nova, Kuroda, then garcia,burnett or hughes with the last two being in the pen.

MB923
3 years 7 months ago

I still think they will attempt to get Oswalt.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

I hope you’re right, but I am even less confident than I was last time we had this conversation.

MB923
3 years 7 months ago

Haha, likewise.

3 years 7 months ago

they will have to drop payroll, meaning trade someone. guess that crawford deal hurt alittle. maybe get him to reconstruct his contract since he had such a poor season last year. and was on the DL alot

3 years 7 months ago

 the dollar store redsox at it again  Pitching is the key to winning a world series and they are going on the cheap in the place they need the most help

jb226
3 years 7 months ago

*shrugs* That’s what happens when you make major financial commitments at other positions.  Money is not unlimited, much as fans might wish it were.

RedSox69
3 years 7 months ago

…fans here don’t know nothing ..he’s a cheap pick up and thats it…Red Sox fans think the Sox have 10’s of millions just sitting around to sign all free agents out there..even though they are already at their limit..well what can you say..it’s not their money so spend it…LOL

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

Some people “don’t know nothing.” 

The Red Sox limit is an arbitrary one that the ownership chooses to put on themselves, their actual payroll limit is tens of millions higher than the arbitrary one they have put on themselves.

3 years 7 months ago

I’m ready for some exciting AL East brawls when he beans A-Rod, Longoria, Bautista…

redsx968
3 years 7 months ago

A-Rod’s a wimp. A brawl with him can’t be exciting as a Yankee fan. Bautista and Longo could prob hold their own. I guess Padilla can fight for us. Orioles… no one wants to fight them anyway. 

Dave2727
3 years 7 months ago

Except you won’t have Varitek, the tough guy challenging Alex with his mask on.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

But you will have A-Rod the tough guy challenging with his makeup on. He will probably call Madonna to jump in for him.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Vtek ended in a headlock so im not sure what ur talking u want to fight a guy as strong as arod go ahead he played through enough injuries last yr to be considered tough

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Damon is tough. He plays through the injuries all season every season. A-Rod is just desperate to prove he is worth the money so he comes back slightly early from un-recovered injuries because he has an ego. 

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Arod played through a torn meniscus for a couple of weeks and a shoulder injury for the whole season. Not to mention a injured thumb in the end of the season but why let facts get in your way.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

That is hilarious. Mikey Lowell you may recall if feel like it played through that same injury back in ’08 only because Boston needed him.

Just lay off the Rodriquez is a tough guy persona.. Everyone with a brain cell knows he is a word that will get flagged here.

Infield Fly
3 years 7 months ago

Ugh! You got that right, boss. A-Rod is a major “expletive!” :p

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Ya arod got the surgery becaue the yankees didnt need him and wanted his power back but he played through it, i love all these iternet tough guys that be to scared to say it his face, hes a wimp but the guy that lost the fight in catching gear is the tough o boy do i wish i had that one brain cell.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah great one season where he knowingly played under 100%. Still a diva with those dancer hands, and screaming on fly balls. Most football players are banged up in one way or another every season all season I guess they are just above tough then.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

So its his fault he didnt have injuries to play through when he was younger? I guess only pedoira can slap the ball. Ya nfl players are tough, and football was a sport arod was recruited to play

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

When did Pedroia slap the ball out of the pitchers hand? And yeah he had an injury the year before that he sat out half the season for like he should have. Please link me to this Pedroia slap though.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Cant u google it this site hates links, just search pedoira ball slap look at images. He sat out with a hamstring injury nfl players dont play through that

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Firstly A-Rod elected to get the surgery instead of playing through it for the rest of the season then getting surgery so it was an injury he could have played through. I only brought that up to establish that at this juncture he has a current and relevant injury history and despite the fact that he has played through it at times he has also sat out a lot too which in comparison to players with nagging injuries who play through them years on end is not really that tough. At least imo he is not one of the tougher players out there. As for the Pedroia thing I did check it out and while I will absolutely grant you its a bit unsportsmanlike it occured on the first at-bat of a game and was in no way as serious as when A-Rod chose to do it. Also it is far less blatant as you could argue that Pedroia went into his hands first slide late as opposed to A-Rod blatantly karate chopping a ball out of a pitchers hand in the ALCS. Lastly Pedroia has a reputation for being far more sportsmanlike and a better teammate than A-Rod who has yelled during flyballs and had fueds with his own teammates that spilled out in to the media (Jeter).

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

The team told him to get surgery because despite his success he was lacking some of his power even so he played through for a week or two before they figured that boston was going to run away with the division in a month. He then play through a thumb injury where as guys like haliday sat in the playoffs for similiar injuries.

Arod is a great teammate who takes younger players under his wing and helps train them, he trains with guys like melky, cano, and montero. Has pedoira ever done that? Or those he play cribbage instead. Im not sure i understand pedoira was less blatant so it was better? Cheating quitly is better than making it obvious? Yelling ha would probably be considered funny of pedoira did it…

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Pedroia played with Jacoby in triple A and welcomed the guy with open arms the second he started playing on the big league club and helped him adjust just like Ortiz and numerous other players did. What goes on as far as mentoring is not known in all entirety but he sets an example of play for the team that is spoke highly of in the club house. So you can chose one equally as bad albeit less blatantly ignorant mistake Pedroia made to judge him or the fact that he carries the team year in and out like Jeter did early in his career. A-Rod is not known for leading the team, he might be friends with them all but he has never been considered the leader of that team. Jeter is the captain of that team.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Google slappyohariless

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

When did Pedroia slap the ball out of the pitchers hand? And yeah he had an injury the year before that he sat out half the season for like he should have. Please link me to this Pedroia slap though.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

He didnt look wimpy when he had tek in a head lock at the end of that fight.

redsx968
3 years 7 months ago

How bout here?

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

I was gonna say. Long live old dancer hands!

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

 My dad could beat up your dad

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Cmon these senseless back and forths can be fun

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

 I’ve yet to see one that was “fun”

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Ya i dont know what i was thinking.

3 years 7 months ago

David Ortiz does.

PWNdroia
3 years 7 months ago

Apparently Padilla has a history of beaning Teixeira.

3 years 7 months ago

padilla is one ugly dude

RedSox69
3 years 7 months ago

Not as ugly as lackie

Dave2727
3 years 7 months ago

Or Youkilis.  Or Pedroia.

roomwithamoose
3 years 7 months ago

As a Yankees fan can’t bash the signing as we were bashed for Colon and Garcia, and they did well so instead of having foot in mouth syndrome it’s a low risk signing that is all 

Chris Barrows
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed – if the scouts are accurate, things could work out well. Can’t speak towards the club house stuff though. 

Thurman8er
3 years 7 months ago

True or False:  Pineda + Kuroda > Padilla

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

What’s the measurement?  Pitching rotation or drinking contest?

ellisburks
3 years 7 months ago

The thing is you can’t compare Pineda and Kuroda to Padilla. Padilla would be the Sox 5th starter. You would have to compare Pineda & Kuroda to Beckett and Buchholz. And in that instance the Red Sox 2 & 3 > than the Yankees 2 & 3. Padilla = AJ Burnett. 

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

I think you missed the point completely.  The Yankees (so far) have done alot more than the Red Sox to improve their rotation.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

But it needed a lot more improvement to begin with.

ellisburks
3 years 7 months ago

You missed the point and MaineSox got it. The Red Sox already had 3 front-line major league starters in their rotation. The Yankees had CC, Freddy, AJ and Ivan. Not atrocious(other than AJ) but not close to the Sox top 3. So the Red sox didn’t have to get someone of the calibre of Kuroda. Would have been nice but didn’t need him. 

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Thank you! Yanks fans are acting like they got 5 great starters now. Garcia is a solid but incredibly beatable pitcher, I would bet on Bard being alot better. Nova and his amazing 57BB/90K dominance omg scary. Then AJ and his one good start for every 2 blow outs AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!Terrified. They got three great starters now just like us. Welcome to arguable equality guys….(round of applause). Ben was just waiting for you guys to catch up.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Clay doesnt have the background to be called a great pitcher, its not like his peripheals were great even before the injury last yr.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

He is a ground ball guy for now so strikeouts are not what he is measured by although he does have the stuff to get them in the future. He is a great pitcher because he was on his way to repeating the prior seasons results before injury. He is a great pitcher, he isn’t a dominant phenom like Halladay or Lee but he is more than good. 

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Clay? He wasnt close to repeating his previous year, had worse numbers than nova when healthy last year.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

On pure stuff alone Bard is faaaaaaaaaaaar better than Nova. All its gonna take is a couple starts and that will be up on the board for you.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Thats great on pure stuff alone and his minor league track record joba should of been left alone in the rotation good luck persuading ur media that he should fight through his struggles instead of goin
G back to the pen.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

OMG we agree on something. I think Joba should have been left alone in the rotation. He struggled and NY demands results so they pulled him back. Stinks. He had shown flashes of success too. Nobody can know how we will handle it if he struggles with consistency. The stereotype says we pull him, but Pedroias rookie year, and persistance with Buc, and Lester say otherwise. Who knows. But again he has great stuff and could also just thrive so it may not be a problem. Imo he will be fine, we won’t know for a while though, but if he does go out and transitions well his stuff will be very good and make him much more than an average starer just like I thought Joba could have been if they gave him more time. Another problem with Joba’s transition was that it began mid season from what I remember so he didn’t exactly get the offseason/spring training to stretch out and prepare his body/mind for the role. Then he had that full season but had been knocked around a bit so it couldn’t have been a real positive. Bard will have that luxury to start fresh so we will see what happens.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Thats great on pure stuff alone and his minor league track record joba should of been left alone in the rotation good luck persuading ur media that he should fight through his struggles instead of goin
G back to the pen.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Aside from the open of the season Clay was still very good last season.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

From (3rd Start) April 15 to June 16 (Last start) his starts were all fine except for one. Only problem with them was he had a been aggrivating a bone bruise that was forcing him out of games early that he would have gone a lot deeper into. If he is healthy he is an above average pitcher.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

From the start of the yr for clay til the end he put up worse numbers than not only nova but garcia as well

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t know what stats your reading other than wins/loses, but WHIP has Buc ahead and keep in mind healthy he would have compiled more wins/SO had he gone more than 14 injured starts. So no I don’t see it. I don’t think anyone would argue that either projected over a whole healthy season are better than Buc.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Fip, xfip, and probably sierra as well i didnt look, clay can habee his pontential all he wants he 28 and has had one gpod year. And according to war the stat you just used it was only a bit better than novas. Getting 1 k more per 9 is that big of a deal, not to mention his lob percentage was 80 for 2 straight years which is Higher yhan avg.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Like I posted somewhere in this oddessy his War over a full season would have been better and was not that far off with just half the starts. So split stats find other ones do you, but WHIP & WAR support my claim enough for it to be valid to most of the forum I am sure. Your seriously underestimating Clays ability here. Roy Halladay has an above average LOB the last three seasons, same with Lincecum, and 5 out of the last 6 years CC. While I am in no way comparing their abilities hahahahahaha I am saying that its not uncommon for quality pitchers to leave people on base so saying his rate is above average is not really saying much seeing as his WAR indicates he is an above average pitcher when healthy and his LOB rates are like most above average pitchers.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t know what stats your reading other than wins/loses, but WHIP has Buc ahead and keep in mind healthy he would have compiled more wins/SO had he gone more than 14 injured starts. So no I don’t see it. I don’t think anyone would argue that either projected over a whole healthy season are better than Buc.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

And again Clay played an avg of 14 less starts and still managed a 2.2 WAR give him 14 more and he would have easily doubled it. Which would have been .8 higher than Nova the highest of the two at 3.6

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Well by that token neither does Pineda. He had one great half of baseball compared to two seasons of Buc both of which included tons of quality starts. So by your deduction we both have two great pitchers.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

And niether is ogando these ive never held a different opinion.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Ok while then to finish this discussion on rotations the Yanks/Red Sox have three above average starters when healthy with all the info we have at this very moment. Hair splitting aside on just how good Clay/Pindea our and will be. Meaning the point that we started at about not having to improve to be a match with NY’s SP was correct. Health has been a negative thing for us as of the last couple seasons but it can/will happen to any team. I think our offenses cancel each other out and your bullpens better, though I think ours will be solid and reliable. I just like our question marks more than your current 4-5’s. If Bard can adjust which imo he can I think we are looking at another above average pitcher who could be a 2-3 on other teams. Guy won’t throw 100 every pitch but he will likely command a 95-98 MPH fastball, a nasty slider, and a solid changeup pretty well. Then we got the 5 spot which could go a million ways either someone from the org or a FA we signed. I see us having an above average four when its all said and done. I am not impressed with Nova, and we can/have smashed on Garcia so solid as he may be against low offense teams he isn’t quite a threat.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

It be a stratch to suggest that Bard can match up with nova or that they should even be considered equals. 

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Clay is not a frontline starter yet.

ellisburks
3 years 7 months ago

ERA+ of 112, 187, 122 the last three years, 8.2WAR over the last three years isn’t bad. Admittedly he has only had one full season in those three years but when he has pitched he has shown himself to be at least a very capable #2 and a well above average #3 starter. I see no reason why you couldn’t call him a frontline starter.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

He showed he was a number 3 last year? I wonder what that says about nova…

ellisburks
3 years 7 months ago

That says nothing about Nova. I was talking about Clay. Nova did have a good year, but it was his first and he only had a 57/98 bb/k ratio and didn’t miss many bats with a 5.3 k/9. With that in the AL East his era and wins may be tough to duplicate.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Clay had a significatly worse year last year am i supposed to ignore that because clay had a good yr the yr before

ellisburks
3 years 7 months ago

Nova:Whip: 1.331
        ERA+ 119
        K/9:  5.3
        ERA: 3.70
        H/9: 8.9
        
Buchholz: Whip: 1.294
              ERA+: 122
              K/9: 6.5
              ERA: 3.48
              H/9: 8.3

The only thing that stopped Clay from having a year equal to 2010 was health. It is a big thing but Clay still beat Nova in pretty much every category.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Nova had a better fip, sierra, and xfip last year, also has more ground ball outs so it doesnt matter that he lacks ks, like its so imp as a stat

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Wouldnt it make sense to just do it player bu player kuroda is better than clay.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

That’s a tough call to make so definitively.  Kuroda has been pitching in the NL West and is moving to the AL East (probably the most extreme move possible for a pitcher) while Buchholz has been pitching in the AL East all along.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

 IDk he has a knack for missing bats that i dont understand  i can see him making the transition fine, i dont really see the need for clay to play because of his injury it’s a non factor for me but i would of wanted to see how his stats would have looked like a full year after his great year.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

His SwStr% is pretty decent, but his 6.5-7.0 K/9 and his 18-19 K% don’t exactly show a knack for missing bats.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

 7.23 K/9 and 19.4 K% last two years) is pretty good especially with that walk rate. His homers should go up, and the switch may infact effect him but in the meantime he has shown the ability to repeat his past performances on a level that clay hasnt.