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Red Sox add Padilla

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  January 16, 2012 02:05 PM

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Peter Gammons is reporting that the Red Sox have sighed veteran RHP Vicente Padilla.

The 34-year-old has a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. The deal is worth $1.5 million is Padilla makes the major league roster.

Padilla is 104-90 with a 4.31 earned run average over 13 seasons in the majors. He has primarily been a starter in his career but does have 93 appearances in relief.

One red flag is that Padilla has a 3.93 ERA while in the National League and a 4.90 ERA during the four years be spent in the American League with the Texas Rangers.

His comportment also is an issue. Padilla has hit 108 batters in his career, third among active pitchers, and has a reputation around the game for being a little too willing to pitch inside.

That nastiness got Padilla thrown off the roster by the Rangers in 2009. Despite the team’s need for pitching, Padilla was designated for assignment on Aug. 8 for being a “disruptive clubhouse presence.”

Earlier that season, Padilla twice hit Mark Teixeira of the Yankees with pitches and was placed on waivers. When the Rangers were unable to find a taker for Padilla, they finally released him.

“We're putting together a club and an organization that's pulling on the same end of the rope," general manager Jon Daniels said at the time. "It wasn't a fit for us anymore. When we have a disciplinary issue with a player, we talk to him. It had gotten to the point where the club was better off without him."

Padilla also has infuriated teammates over the years by suddenly deciding to throw knuckleballs or big looping curveballs when the game is not going his way.

Padilla landed with the Dodgers in 2009 and was 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA in eight appearances. He then started three playoff games, posting a 3.63 ERA.

But Padilla has appeared in only 25 games since because of various injuries. He was limited to nine games in relief last season because of nerve damage in his forearm and a bulging disc in his neck that required surgery.

Padilla pitched this winter in his native Nicaragua and showed scouts an improved fastball.

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