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Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:11 am
Edited on: January 16, 2012 1:15 pm
Vicente Padilla

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Yankees add Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda, so the Red Sox have to make a move, right?

They have, but is Vicente Padilla going to move the scales on the AL East balance of power north? Doubtful, but the Red Sox have signed the 34-year-old right-hander to a minor-league contract,'s Jon Heyman reports.


Padilla was limited to just nine relief appearances for the Dodgers last season with neck problems, but there's word that he's healthy and back throwing in the mid-90s. He has already undergone a physical with the Red Sox, according to Heyman.

Padilla is 104-90 in his career with a 4.31 ERA in 237 starts and 330 appearances in parts of 13 seasons with the Phillies, Rangers, Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Although he served as a reliever early in his career, for the most part he's been a starter, going 97-81 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.362 WHIP as a starter.

As unimpressive as the signing sounds in the wake of the Yankees' moves, it's a low-risk deal for Boston. With Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox don't need help at the top of the rotation, but at the rear, and if healthy, Padilla could fit there in a competition for the fifth spot along with Alfredo Aceves, Carlos Silva, Aaron Cook and others, while Daniel Bard will be given every opportunity to win the fourth spot in the rotation during spring.

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Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:54 pm

Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

The one think I don't understand from last year was Kevin Millwood.  I may be wrong, but didn't we have him in our system and then release him donw the stretch.  He ended up doing pretty good in 9 starts.  Why did we let him go when it was clear we needed solid starts?

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:52 pm

Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

This seems like a pretty good move for the Red Sox.  I'm surprised they got him for a minor league deal.  He's been a decent pitcher for the last few years (decent, not great).  He's an experienced veteran and can start or pitch out of the bullpen.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:25 pm

Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

If Tim Wakefield wasn't so greedy for that 200th win, and Kevin Youkilis didn't go down, you would have made the playoffs. Wakefield has got to get out of your rotation. A kid off the streets could've got you at least one win. Youkilis is the leader in my eyes. A bit of a crybaby, but a great ballplayer. Terry and Theo's problem was Wakefield. This new guy gets off easy. You just have to drop Wakefield. Personal achievements at the expense of the team is useless.

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:44 pm

Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

Well, it appears Padilla has been signed to pitch at the end of the starting rotation. Unlike Padilla, Aceves hasn't been a starter so it makes more sense to have Padilla do what he has done most his career. The Sox were never going to make both Aceves and Bard starters. If they can convert Bard back to what he broke into the minors as and what he wants to become, and come up with a servicable starter who may surprise down the road, then this is the way to go. what is clear is that Garza, Oswalt, and other high price pitchers are not coming to Boston.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:21 pm

Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

As for Ortiz ... he's signed to a ONE YEAR DEAL .. that's actually perfect.   He's not "clogging up the lineup"  ... he's still getting it done if you look at his numbers.  He'll probably get his 25-30 HRs and somewhere around 90+ RBIs  ... that's certainly NOT clogging up a lineup .. if anything, it's protecting it still.

Thing I don't get is Arbitration, which is supposed to mean a third party that settles disputes and in this case it's over salary/contracts.  Why do baseball players seem to automatically get rasises in arbitration.  I know they are giving up future earnings by not getting a long term contract, but that shouldn't equate to getting overpaid for one year, even if it is just for one year.

In any event .. the other option was Lavarnway at DH, which woulda saved a lot of $$$  .. but he really needs playing time at Catcher.  So by bringing back Ortiz, you give Lavarnway another full year at AAA to hone his catching craft and work on being more patient at the plate to compliment his power.  Then in 2013, Lavarnway can come up and be the backup catcher/DH and save a roster spot in the process as well. 

In the end, signing Ortiz was a good move especially as there is no long term risk.  

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:13 pm

Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

Lotta decent points being made here.   YES .. Theo is responsible for much of the mess.  I have said for years that he AND Tito were highly overrated.   BUT ... you can't tell me the Sox couldn't have put together a package that would have been just as good or better for Pineda.  Montero is unproven at best .. maybe he becomes a good hitter, but who trades a young stud pitcher for a guy that can't catch .. can't really played 1st at all .. doesn't play the outfield .. so in other words, he's a DH who will probably strike out a ton and be minimized in a big park.   If Cherington couldn't have been more creative than that, then YES .. he's not doing a very good job.  Letting the Yanks slip under the radar clearly shows Cherington didn't even kick the tires of Seattle which begs the question .. what the heck is the guy doing other than signing has-beens?  

Also ... trading Ells for Lincecum ... how is SF gonna be able to sign Ellsbury in the future then if they can afford to resign Lincecum???  Doesn't that leave SF in the same spot?  NO .. SF would only trade him for YOUNG stud pitchers that will be cheap over the next few years ... guess what that means .. Betances or Banuelos of the Yankees.   Don't believe for one second they wouldn't pull that trigger too and maybe rid A.J. in the process and eat his contract in the process.   

Cherington lost all credibility when he took forever to just find a Manager ... and even then he couldn't do that right and ownership had to step in and save the situation.  This guy is a puppet and nothing more.  Sox are screwed.  As I said .. BANG UP JOB regardless of how bad a shape Theo left us in.    

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:55 pm

Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

I'm with you on that move.

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:25 pm

Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

Ortiz is clogging up the lineup (they should have never brought him back and just thanked him for his services) and they need to move Ellsbury now....Yes, I said it....Put Crawford in the spot they brought him over for.  CF.  Trade Ellsbury to San Fran for Lincicum and sign the stud pitcher to a five year deal. SF will not be able to sign Lincicum and Cain........they dont have that kind of cash

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:16 pm

Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

Colon and Garcia were both very good pitchers at multiple points of their careers. Siva, Cook, and Padilla have never been great for a full season, nevermind multiple points of a career. Aceves was great in the pen, why mess with that? We could get Eddie Jackson and then let Bard become a starter in the 5 spot. In a few years there will be no Beckett, leaving us with Lester, Buchholtz, Bard, Jackson, and hopefully by then, Ranaudo. That would be the best thing we could do, and strengthen the bullpen. Hard to have any hope for a bunch of guys that never got it done before. Aceves also struggles after 5 innings, sometimes 6.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 2:09 pm

Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

yet when yanks signed Garcia and colon, it was considered brilliant and the greatest moves in the history of the league.

Pfft   pffft   pfft

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