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Vicente Padilla Signs Minor League Deal With Boston Red Sox

Searching to bolster the depth of their pitching staff, the Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with Vicente Padilla Monday on a minor league contract, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports. Padilla has a training camp invite and is expected at least to compete for a roster spot with the Red Sox.

A starter for most of his career, Padilla converted to the bullpen in 2011 after struggling with assorted injuries. Padilla made nine appearances with the Dodgers last season, all as a reliever, and ended the season with a 4.15 ERA, nine strikeouts and three saves.

Padilla made 16 starts in 2010 with the Dodgers, finishing the season 6-5 with a 4.07 ERA. His best season came in 2002, when he went 14-11 with a 3.28 ERA while pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, making the All-Star team for the only time of his career.

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