After spending 14 seasons in the majors, including last season with the Red Sox, right-hander Vicente Padilla is headed to Japan.
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Padilla has agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Softbank Hawks.
Padilla pitched pretty well for the Red Sox last season, throwing 50 innings with a 51/15 K/BB ratio and 4.50 ERA while working as a full-time reliever for the first time since 2001. That performance certainly seems good enough to get him some one-year offers from MLB teams, but $3.25 million is basically as much as Padilla earned during the past two seasons combined and at age 35 that’s a pretty nice score.
If he’s done in the majors Padilla finishes his career with a 108-91 record and 4.32 ERA in 1,571 innings for the Diamondbacks, Phillies, Rangers, Dodgers, and Red Sox.
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.