Word came around Thursday that the Boston Red Sox seemed to be headed toward making a deal with pitcher Vicente Padilla, but WEEI.com has it that the team is merely talking to his reps as a possibility.
Padilla made nine appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers early last season before being shut down to have surgery to fuse vertebra in his neck. His previous season had been cut short as well due to the bulging discs in his neck.
The 34-year-old has spent 13 seasons in the majors and has compiled a record of 104-90 with a 4.31 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, and Dodgers.
WEEI reports that Padilla's fastball is said to be back up in the mid-90s. "He's healthy and he's throwing hard," one source told the paper.