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Vicente Padilla is headed to Japan

Jan 16, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

Vicente Padilla AP

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.

  1. mattjg - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Who knew that Sumo wrestling had heels?

  2. lewp - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    I wonder if he can outsun the Samori Swords for hitting their batters?

  3. lewp - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    *outrun* wish there was an edit feature.

  4. cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Well, on the plus side, MLB just got better looking. On the minus, Japan just got a little uglier. Still, I’m actually going to miss that eephus he threw. You could see it was coming just before he sky-mailed it in, too. It always amazed me that it was never crushed, but he made that ‘ole beachball miss a lot of bats. I wonder how you say “erect shining and proud” in Japanese? Ah yes:

    、非常に静か非常に今ありなさい。

    Lets hope the Softbank Hawks play by play guys can do that justice.

    • Old Gator - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      And of all the huge coincidences, as Padilla heads over there, Godzilla is heading over here: http://godzilla.wikia.com/wiki/Godzilla_(2014_film)

      I understand this production is already embroiled in legal difficulties. Yep, the Big G is really going to be Americanized by the time we get through with him, just like his recently retired namesake.

      • cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        I’m certain that the legal issues around Godzilla revolve around them wanting to call him “、非常に静か非常に今ありなさい。” and Padilla’s people objecting to that. Only one monster can be 、非常に静か非常に今ありなさい。. And that monster is Vicente Padilla.

    • flosox - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Two things: 1) He only played for 5 MLB teams? Could’ve sworn it was all of them and 2) Dude’s only 35? Yikes…

  5. gibbskins9 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    It’s only fitting he lands up in Japan were most of the home runs that are hit against him land.

  6. dcfan262 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Dude will toss this season in Japan and next year will be a mayor of some city in Nicaragua. They love the washed up F list celebrities. Just look they even brought Ortega back as president after 20 years.

  7. bobwsc - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    GreaseZilla.

    greasiest. hair. ever.

  8. 13arod - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    i always hated him because he and mark texiera used to fight

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