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Red Sox moving toward signing Vicente Padilla

Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:28 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 6:30 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Red Sox and free agent pitcher Vicente Padilla are in serious discussions about a contract and appear headed toward a deal, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has learned.

While it seems like Padilla has been around forever, he's still only 34 and has reportedly been throwing upwards up 96 miles per hour in winter ball. Padilla only pitched 8 2/3 innings out of the Dodgers bullpen last year before a neck injury ended his season. In 2010, Padilla was a starter for the Dodgers and went 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.

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The Red Sox are obviously eyeing starting pitching depth with John Lackey out for the season and Daisuke Matsuzaka still recovering from his 2011 season-ending injury. The Red Sox recently signed Aaron Cook to a minor-league contract and now appear close to landing Padilla. Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz are obviously the front three of the rotation. Daniel Bard is going to be converted to a starter and the fifth spot might come down to Alfredo Acevas, Cook and Padilla.

On another note, if Beckett and Padilla were both in the rotation, I believe the Red Sox would boast the two slowest-to-home pitchers in baseball (in terms of how long they take between pitches).

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Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Red Sox moving toward signing Vicente Padilla

WHY?



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:46 pm
 

Red Sox moving toward signing Vicente Padilla

Yuck....I preferred the Kuroda rumor.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:51 pm
 

Red Sox moving toward signing Vicente Padilla

"Still only 34"....  Really?!?  And that is reason for the red sox to sign him?  I see Padilla making working for a few months with the Sox but that's about it



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:12 am
 

Red Sox moving toward signing Vicente Padilla

John Lackey is Boston's version of the Yankee's Carl Pavano.  Both ginormous wastes, please cut Lackey loose!!!



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:22 am
 

Red Sox moving toward signing Vicente Padilla

Another pitcher that will plunk three Yankees a game....great......



Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:42 am
 

Red Sox moving toward signing Vicente Padilla

As a fan who listens to and watches sox games----please not another guy who takes forever to let loose the horsehide.

It is torture-Speed the game up !! There was a time when professional ball players could play a complete game in 2- 2-1/2 +/- hours.

3-3-1/2 hour games are a large drag on expanding the mlb fan base. Sox Nation puts up with it because it is Sox Nation but it probably is

not playing in Peoria these days.




Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:51 am
 

Red Sox moving toward signing Vicente Padilla

It looks as if Sox plan is to throw alot of dung against the wall and see what sticks. Actually not a bad plan if you take enough arms that have performed well at times and hope to catch a relatively hot pitcher. Cook, Silva, Padilla and who knows what (who) else. You only need one to get hot, and stranger things have happened. What you are really hoping for is good innings and relatively good pitching, and the hitters having good slugs at the opposing pitchers. You have to assume if say Padilla is #5 then he is pitching against the opponents #5 or #4 at best.  Then it is up to the hitters ti in the game 7-5.



Since: May 31, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:43 pm
 

Red Sox moving toward signing Vicente Padilla

It is about time to tell Matsuzaka to just go home where he belongs - what a disasterous waste of money on an incompetent fool of a pitcher.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:27 pm
 

Red Sox moving toward signing Vicente Padilla

There are worse #5 SP options out there .....somwhere......Padilla gonna have a 5.7 ERA and a 1.6 WHIP.

Although stranger things have happened like the tub o lard pitching for yanks actually being not horrible.....





Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:42 pm
 

Red Sox moving toward signing Vicente Padilla

Padilla would help the Red Sox Pitching staff, I have never like that he has a career ERA over 4


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