Vicente Padilla, who was signed to a minor-league contract by the Red Sox, faces arrest in his native Nicaragua.
The Nicaragua Dispatch reports that Padilla had his passport revoked and is the subject of a “capture order” after failing to pay $540 a month in child support for his 10th child.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, Padilla has made approximately $50 million in his career.
Padilla is expected to be among the many competitors for a spot in the Red Sox rotation.
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UPDATE, 10:18 p.m.: According to LaPrensa of Nicaragua, the arrest order was rescinded but Padilla apparently still has immigration issues related to the child-support payments.
Padilla has an attorney and they are attempting to media the situation. Pitchers and catchers do not report until Feb. 19, so there is time for the matter to be settled in time for Padilla to arrive on time.