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Vicente Padilla | Relief Pitcher

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Age / DOB:  (36) / 9/27/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 232
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that right-hander Vicente Padilla has agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League.
It's easy to see why he jumped at the opportunity, as it's unlikely that he received a comparable offer stateside. Padilla, 35, posted a 4.50 ERA and 51/15 K/BB ratio over 50 innings last season as a reliever with the Red Sox. There's a decent chance he could resurface in the majors after 2013. Wed, Jan 16, 2013 10:55:00 AM

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The Angels have reportedly expressed interest in free agent Vicente Padilla.

The Red Sox haven't ruled out re-signing Padilla, but he seems likely to hold out for a guaranteed contract. The veteran right-hander resurrected his career as a setup man last season. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Padilla is "on the radar of a few teams."
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 07:11:00 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Vicente Padilla from the 15-day disabled list.

Padilla landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a right biceps strain, but he only ended up missing the minimum amount of time. The veteran right-hander returns to a 4.62 ERA and 43/11 K/BB ratio over 39 innings. Danny Valencia was optioned back to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move.
Tue, Aug 21, 2012 03:59:00 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Vicente Padilla on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 6, with a right biceps strain.

Padilla has really struggled recently, so the Red Sox are hoping a couple weeks off will get him back on track physically. The veteran right-hander has a 4.62 ERA and 43/11 K/BB ratio over 39 innings this season. Clayton Mortensen was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding roster move.
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 11:24:00 AM

Vicente Padilla (biceps, triceps) is expected to be placed on the disabled list Wednesday.

Padilla was unavailable Tuesday due to discomfort in his right biceps and triceps. The Red Sox haven't made an official roster move yet, but Clayton Mortensen is with the team and is expected to take his place on the active roster.
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 11:17:00 AM

Vicente Padilla is likely unavailable Tuesday due to discomfort in his right biceps and triceps.

Perhaps it's contributed to his struggles lately, as Padilla has been scored upon in three of his last four appearances. It doesn't appear at this point that the disabled list is a consideration.
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 08:33:00 PM

Vicente Padilla reported feeling tightness in his left side after Wednesday's relief appearance.

Padilla expects to be fine going forward, but it's probably a situation that the Red Sox will monitor closely. The right-hander threw a scoreless frame on Wednesday night against the Twins but still carries an ugly 8.64 ERA in 8 1/3 total innings this year.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 09:15:00 AM

Red Sox purchased the contract of RHP Vicente Padilla from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Padilla didn't win a rotation spot, but his 3.29 ERA and 11/1 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings this spring was good enough for him to secure a place in Boston's bullpen. He's versatile enough where he could pitch in a set-up or swing man capacity.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 01:47:00 PM

Vicente Padilla started and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday in Boston's 5-1 win over Minnesota.

With Andrew Miller bound for the disabled list, Padilla appears likely to make the Red Sox as a middle reliever. He's battled a hamstring injury this spring, but he has a 3.55 ERA and a nice 11/1 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings.
Sun, Apr 1, 2012 05:27:00 PM

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine doesn't believe Vicente Padilla could fill the multiple-innings relief role played by Alfredo Aceves last season.

"I don’t think so right now. I don’t have a great feeling," Valentine said. "Only because he’s not sure about it, so it’s hard for me to be sure, talking with him." Padilla, 34, is looking to secure a bullpen spot after being removed from the competition for the Red Sox rotation. He has pitched to mixed results in five appearances this spring.
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 12:11:00 PM

Vicente Padilla (hamstring) and Andrew Miller (hamstring) have been removed from the competition for spots in the Red Sox rotation.

Hamstring injuries have decisions necessary, as their innings have been limited in camp and neither are ready to return to game action yet. Padilla will now compete for a bullpen spot when he's ready, while Miller seems like to start the season on the DL or as a starter at Triple-A. Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves, Aaron Cook and Felix Doubront are now competing for the final two spots in the rotation.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 12:08:00 PM

Vicente Padilla (hamstring) will have his next outing pushed back.

Padilla suffered a strained right hamstring Tuesday while in the weight room. It's not clear when he'll resume his quest for a spot on the Opening Day roster. The 34-year-old right-hander has allowed five runs on 13 hits over 10 innings this spring.
Wed, Mar 21, 2012 11:33:00 AM

Vicente Padilla suffered a strained hamstring while lifting weights Tuesday in Red Sox camp.

The Red Sox haven't addressed how long Padilla is going to be out, but hamstring strains usually take over a week to heal. The 34-year-old righty has allowed 13 hits and five earned runs in 10 innings this spring.
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 03:39:00 PM

Vicente Padilla allowed one run in three innings of relief to pick up a save against the Rays on Sunday.

It looks like the Red Sox would prefer to go younger with Felix Doubront or Andrew Miller as their fifth starter, so Padilla may have to win a spot as a middle reliever if he's going to make the team. He has a 4.50 ERA this spring, but he's allowed one run in six innings his last two times out.
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 04:44:00 PM

Vicente Padilla threw three perfect innings Tuesday against the Yankees.

Padilla was smoked for four runs over two innings in his last outing, but he was at the top of his game on Tuesday night. The veteran right-hander struck out four of the nine batters he faced, including Alex Rodriguez and Russell Martin. While he's still a candidate for the fifth starter job, the Red Sox could potentially carry him as a long-man out of the bullpen.
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 10:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
1B1Brett Pill
2Mauro Gomez
LF1Fred Lewis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Albers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luis Mendoza