Vicente Padilla was really, really hoping to be a starter for the Red Sox, but that never seemed very likely and now it’s all but official that he’ll be working out of the bullpen to begin the season (assuming, of course, that he makes the team on a minor-league deal).
Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that Padilla is scheduled to pitch just one inning in his next appearance after logging multiple innings early in camp, which is further complicated by a recent hamstring injury.
Padilla would have been a reliever for the Dodgers last season, but he got hurt after just nine outings. He hasn’t made double-digit relief appearances since 2001, when Padilla was 23 years old and with the Phillies.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.