Vicente Padilla is the latest veteran pitcher the Red Sox are monitoring.
The Nicaraguan newspaper El Nuevo Diario reports that Boston has shown interest in the 34-year-old pitcher. Padilla, a native of Nicaragua, has been playing in the country's winter league and has reportedly been throwing 95-96 mph.
Padilla made nine appearances out of the bullpen for the Dodgers last season, recording three saves and posting a 4.15 ERA. His season ended abruptly in June, when he underwent surgery to repair a disk in his neck.
One year before, Padilla was the Dodgers' Opening Day starter and wound up going 6-5 in 16 starts. In 13 seasons with the Diamondbacks, Phillies, Rangers and Dodgers, Padilla has compiled a 104-90 record with a 4.31 ERA and 1,070 strikeouts.
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