Red Sox Offseason: Boston Close To Signing Vicente Padilla

Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney have reportedly been traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Josh Reddick and prospects Miles Head and Raul Alcantera. Bailey was 0-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 24 saves in 42 appearances.

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Boston is looking to make some waves in the offseason, and Mike Napoli is on its radar.

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Vicente Padilla Signing: Red Sox Close To Signing Veteran Pitcher, According To Report

In need of a starting pitcher that can help fill their rotation at a possible cheap price, the Boston Red Sox may have found their guy, as they're close to adding veteran pitcher Vicente Padilla. According to a Tweet Sunday by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, the 34-year-old Padilla has already received a physical and is a low-risk move.

Padilla was limited to just nine relief appearances for the Dodgers last season with neck problems, but there's word that he's healthy and back throwing in the mid-90s.

Last year, Padilla's season was cut shot due to neck surgery in June. He has a career record of 104-90 with a 4:31 ERA. As a starter, he is 97-81 with a 4.33 ERA.

Now, this move may go a bit under the radar after rival New York Yankees filled their pitching rotation Friday by acquiring young-hurler Michael Pineda and signing veteran Hiroki Kuroda. However, if Padilla is healthy he will add more depth to the thin rotation.

For more on the Boston Red Sox visit Over The Monster.

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Red Sox Offseason: Boston Signs Outfielder Ryan Sweeney To One-Year Deal

Almost a month after acquiring outfield Ryan Sweeney in a trade, the Boston Red Sox inked the former Oakland Athletic to a one-year, $1.75-million deal Saturday. Sweeney, who was brought to Boston in the trade for closer Andrew Bailey on Dec. 28, is expected to compete for the starting right-field position.


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If the Red Sox did not agree to terms with Sweeney, he could have fined for arbitration. Last season, Sweeney made $1.4 million with the Athletics.

"Sweeney, as an every day player, is not the answer in right field for most teams," wrote Marc Normandin of the SB Nation Red Sox blog Over The Monster on Dec. 29. "The left-handed outfielder has one major weakness, and it's his inability to hit his fellow southpaws. This makes him a better fit as a fourth outfielder on a good team, but with the way the Red Sox' roster is built, Sweeney can actually account for somewhere around 75 percent of the playing time at the position, simply by using him against right-handed pitchers. Righties tend to throw roughly three-quarters of all innings, and Sweeney can hit righties."

In six seasons, Sweeney has a .283 batting average after hitting .265 with one homer and 25 RBIs in 264 at-bats last season.

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Red Sox Free Agent Pitching Rumors: Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Garza, Roy Oswalt, John Saunders, Edwin Jackson Are Options

After acquiring a front-line closer, Andrew Bailey, from the Oakland Atheltics Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox are now looking for a starting pitcher that can help fill out their rotation. According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, the Red Sox are eying free-agent pitchers Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Garza, Roy Oswalt, John Saunders and Edwin Jackson.

However, if the Red Sox brass doesn't feel that anyone of those pitchers are either too expensive or not a good option, they could go with in-house candidates, left-handers Andrew Miller and Felix Doubron says Joe McDonold of ESPNBoston.com.

"We'll continue to work and we're actively considering and looking at starting pitching options, also," said Cherington. "But we haven't found one, yet, where we feel like the acquisition cost is the right one. That doesn't mean it won't come to us, it just hasn't come, yet."

Cherington believes he's in a position to be patient in regards to the starting pitching market because of what the team already has at the front of the rotation with Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz. If Bard can have success as a starter, and a healthy and productive Daisuke Matsuzaka enters the mix, the rotation starts looking pretty good.

"If we can find ways to build depth into the rotation, we will," Cherington said. "We don't feel like we're forced into doing that."

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