BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox have completed a minor league deal with right handed pitcher Vicente Padilla, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Heyman is reporting the deal includes a minor league invite, and Padilla has a very good shot at winning a spot in the Boston rotation.
Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves, Aaron Cook and Padilla are likely to contend for the final two spots in the Red Sox rotation behind Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz.
The 34-year-old Padilla worked out of the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen last season, making nine appearances and allowing four runs over 8.2 innings.
He started for most of his 13-year career, going 104-90 with a 4.31 ERA in 237 starts.
Padilla earned an All-Star nod in 2002 when he went 14-11 with a 3.28 ERA in 32 starts for the Philadelphia Phillies.