Okay, Yankees. We'll see your Hideki Kuroda and Michael Pineda and raise you . . . Vicente Padilla??
Padilla apparently is the Red Sox' first response to the Yanks' double-barrel pitching strike of last Friday, as Peter Gammons reported via Twitter that the 34-year-old right-hander, who underwent neck in June, has agreed to join Boston.
Jon Heyman later tweeted that the deal is a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. Padilla will join fellow spring training invitees Aaron Cook and Carlos Silva in battle for a roster spot.
Padilla reportedly met with Red Sox doctors last week, and apparently is healthy enough that Boston agreed to bring him aboard.
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BOSTON — They have the right idea, if not yet the right personnel.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has brought on a pair of former Tigers in an effort to help the Red Sox’ depth.
It’s hard to expect much from righty Doug Fister — who mostly throws in the 80s these days and is to start Sunday — or from Jhonny Peralta, who’s going to play some third base at Triple-A Pawtucket. Fister was claimed off waivers from the Angels, who coincidentally started a three-game series with the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park. Peralta, meanwhile, was signed as a free agent to a minor league deal.
Neither may prove much help. Fister could move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez is ready to return, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. The Sox hope E-Rod is back in time for the All-Star break.
That’s assuming Fister is pitching well enough that the Sox want to keep him.
But at least the Sox are being proactive looking for help, and it’s not like either Peralta or Fister is high-risk.
Fister, 33, threw 180 1/3 innings last year with the Astros, posting a 4.64 ERA. He hasn’t been in the big leagues yet this season.
Said one American League talent evaluator earlier this year about Fister’s 2016: “Had a nice first half. Then struggled vs. left-handed hitters and with finishing hitters. No real putaway pitch. Has ability to pitch around the zone, reliable dude.”
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