Monday, January 16, 2012
Vicente Padilla Added To Legion Of Bums Vying For 4th-5th Spot In Boston's Rotation
It rightfully hasn't been getting any attention but with today's reported signing of veteran Vicente Padilla, we can conclude that the Boston Red Sox are accumulating quite the collection of bums interested in being their fourth or fifth starter.
Thanks to John Lackey and Dice-K's injuries plus the defections of Erik Bedard and Tim Wakefield (prays), the Red Sox are in desperate need of depth behind Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett. It looks like Daniel Bard and Alfredo Aceves will get a chance to be starters too, although I'm not a huge fan of those moves but who asked me?
Padilla is 34 and he missed most of last season with the Dodgers due to neck surgery. When he was able to take the ball for Los Angeles, it was strictly as a reliever. In his career, he has a 4.15 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 113 innings as a reliever. Still, he's been a starter for most of his life so we'll see what happens when he's in Boston.
I'm not expecting anything from him, Aaron Cook or Carlos Silva, the three most notable scrubs that the Red Sox have brought in on small money in hopes of one or two of them having decent seasons. They're all washed up and none of them were particularly good to begin with.
Funny note on Padilla: my buddy from college that is a Phillies fan always said that Padilla was terrible in day games when he was in Philly since he has a drinking problem so he was usually hungover. Haha, something to look forward to this season if he even makes it out of Spring Training before getting hurt-what he does best.